In response to the calamity caused by the powerful typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), a medical team from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) flew to Capiz to help out. Composed of physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other support personnel, the team provided clinical care and minor surgeries to more than 1000 patients in the town of Dao. The team also served patients in Roxas City and Panit-an.
A CHALLENGING CASE
The mission team found JPB, a teenager afflicted with a rapid growing tumor of the jaw (ameloblastoma) causing marked disfigurement, speech and swallowing problems. He underwent surgery and medical treatment at UST Hospital by a team of specialists. Many thanks to the UST Medical Alumni Association of America and its executive director, Dr. Primo Andres, who fast tracked the process and oversaw his overall care. Photos show before, after and one year after the operation.
A generous donation by the West Tennessee Fil-Am Association through its president Dr. Sandy Dee made possible the purchase of two new desktop computers with printers to replace equipment damaged at the Dao Elementary School by Typhoon Yolanda.
SUPER TYPHOON YOLANDA
The strongest tropical cyclone on record to make landfall, this Category 5 storm claimed 215 lives and displaced 2.3 million people in Capiz. Close to 500,000 homes were partially or totally destroyed. The Foundation donated tarpaulins for temporary shelter to many families whose homes were severely damaged by the typhoon.