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Mammoth Medical Missions Is Among the First to Provide Medical Assistance After Typhoon Haiyan Devastates the Philippines
Date:11/11/2013

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif., Nov. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A team of 16 surgeons, doctors and medical support volunteers from Mammoth Medical Missions, a non-profit, healthcare organization that donates services to underserved rural communities worldwide, is among the first to bring aid to Tanauan, approximately 30 miles south of Tacloban, following Typhoon Haiyan. Members of the Mammoth Lakes-based team were diverted to the Philippines on Friday from a previously planned medical mission to Chipas, Mexico, enabling them to be among the first groups to provide medical assistance.

After consulting with the Philippine Embassy, the Philippine Red Cross and Team Rubicon, a Los Angeles-based disaster response service organization, the emergency medical responders from Mammoth Medical Missions will be providing crucial triage and life-saving surgery services. The team arrived at Villamor Air Base in Manila, where they were attached to the 505th air wing of Philippine Air Force for security. They now have set up operations in Tanauan, approximately 30 miles south of Tacloban, which has been hit very hard. The group is equipped with three surgical teams and more than 30 parcels of medical supplies as well as a self-contained surgical tent. The team also has a satellite phone, so status updates will be made daily. 

Team leader for Mammoth Medical Missions, Dr. Michael Karch, reported the following via satellite phone today at 2:47 a.m., PST, "The team is in the town of Tanauan, approximately 30 miles south of Tacloban. It is truly mass devastation. We spent an entire day cleaning out the town hall of water and glass, and have set up both our sleeping quarters and medical center there. By the time we began triaging p
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