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Local doctor returns from the Philippines

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A local doctor is raising money to help rebuild a Filipino hospital destroyed by last month's typhoon.

Dr. Domingo Alvear, a surgeon with Pinnacle Health in Harrisburg, was born in the Philippines. He recently returned to the islands to see the damage that was caused by the category 5 typhoon. He flew into the city of Tacloban.

"What I saw there was really a devastation. When I was there, which was three weeks later, they were still finding bodies. They found about 8 bodies," said Dr. Alvear.

Dr. Alvear says the international groups that rushed to help in the beginning are now starting to leave.

"Now they are on their own...this is where we come in," said Dr. Alvear. "I am hoping that with donations that we put a roof back on their hospital and also send them two anesthesia machines, two ambulances and one pickup truck."

Dr. Alvear is the founder of the World Surgical Foundation, which provides free surgeries to the world's poor and under served in developing nations.  The volunteers with the group have performed over 4,500 free surgeries since 1997.

His group will be traveling back to the Philippines in February.

If you would like to help you can donate to the World Surgical Foundation. http://www.worldsurgicalfoundation.org/

"I hope people don't forget because its going to take them 5 to 10 years to recover," said Dr. Alvear.

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