Local doc assists in the Philippines

Help is needed Clarion Global Response, a small team of emergency responders from the USA and United

Help is needed Clarion Global Response, a small team of emergency responders from the USA and United Kingdom which flew immediately to the Philippines to provide essential humanitarian aid to the worse hit areas, is asking for donations as its mission is ongoing, now transitioning from the disaster phase to the recovery phase. To learn how, visit www.clarionglobalresponse.org

Published: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 09:55 AM.

Editor’s note: In early November, Typhoon Haiyan, known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, was an exceptionally powerful Category 5 tropical cyclone that devastated portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines, killing 5,260 people and causing many more injuries.

Apalachicola resident Larry Applebee, a physician assistant who currently works as a hospitalist for IPC, took leave from this job to volunteer with Clarion Global Response, formerly IMAT (International Medical Assistance Team) as part of a crew of medical professionals from around the world who flew to the devastated region to help. He has done work like this in Haiti and other places, so he knew some of what to expect.

Applebee’s team started out as with a PA, a nurse, and two paramedics, and later added four physicians and two RNs. The last two days Applebee’s team was back down to him and the RN, so he “freelanced,” traveling to Tacloban and Dagami with other groups, who provided needed medications in appreciation.

Applebee found himself working with professionals from Malaysia, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands and Israel. During his work there, he kept notes with the help of his iPhone which he worked into a journal on the plane trip home.

He describes his writing as “ADHD –like,” but it is startlingly clear in its detail and moving in its impact. The Times is grateful to be able to share it with our readers



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