Hawaii vet on relief mission to the Philippines

Published On: Nov 15 2013 11:16:48 AM HST   Updated On: Nov 15 2013 11:51:04 AM HST

One veterinarian from Hawaii is preparing to help victims in the Philippines of the devastating typhoon.

Veterinarian prepares to help Typhoon Haiyan victims

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Dr. Joseph Edhlund embarked on a similar trip to help with medical supplies soon after the massive Indonesian tsunami wiped out parts of South Asia in 2004, killing hundreds of thousands.

"I had the airplane.  I knew I could do some good down there.  I couldn't not go," said Edhlund.

His mission, starting Monday, will take him to Coron Island in Northern Palawan where residents report 80 percent of their structures were badly damaged.

"I see people in need.  I've been very lucky in my life," said Edhlund.  "If I can help people, I want to help people.  It's something that makes me feel good."

Seeing men, women and children in desperate need with little help is something Edhlund has seen many times before.  But, it doesn't get any easier.

"Doing relief work is absolutely the worst thing in the world.  It's the most miserable possible conditions you can be in.  And it's also the most rewarding thing you can possibly do to help people," said Edhlund.

Edhlund hopes people in Hawaii will help with donations of medical supplies before he leaves.

"The main things that we're looking for are bandage materials.  There's going to be a tremendous amount of wounds we'll be dealing with.  They'll be open wounds, so they've been open for a week."

Edhlund is also looking for antibiotics and other infection-fighting medicines.  Flashlights and space blankets are also helpful.

For more information on what is needed and how you can help, call them at Gentle Vets at 395-3333.

Super Typhoon  Haiyan survivors in Tacloban, Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan devastates the Philippines

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