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In Depth: Local doctor helping typhoon victims

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TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines (WHTM) -

You can still see the damage caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan at Tacloban City Hospital in the Philippines.

Three months after the storm hit, there is still no power at the hospital. They are running essential equipment off of a generator.

Dr. Judy Gumajay was inside the hospital with her patients when Super Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the coast.

"We could feel that there was a typhoon, but we were calm," said Gumajay. "The winds were very strong and we could not see the wall over there, as if the clouds were down."

After two hours, she walked outside to see the damage.

"I was crying because there were no more houses. There were dead bodies all over," said Gumajay.

The roof of Tacloban City Hospital was destroyed. Windows were shattered. Everyone inside the hospital was okay.

Getting back to normal has been slow. Operating rooms are not sterile, and beds still remain empty 100 days after the storm.

"We are only admitting patients here at the lobby," said Gumajay. "We can accommodate up to 10 people."

For now, the emergency waiting room is outside. Patients do not complain, because they know not everyone survived the storm.

"There was one doctor that had to let go of her 6-month-old baby. She has five children, and she has to decide because she cannot hold her children anymore, and she has to decide which one to let go," said Gumajay.

Letting a child drown seems unthinkable, but the people in Tacloban were forced to make those decisions when a wall of water washed over the city.

A Midstate doctor is trying to make things better.

"I looked at the hospital. The roof is gone and there is nothing left, and people were still upbeat, even the kids were upbeat. I cannot believe it," said Dr. Domingo Alvear.

Alvear was born in the Philippines and is the founder of the World Surgical Foundation.  He took a tour of the hospital shortly after the typhoon and wanted to help.

"She said we need two ambulances and a pickup, so I said, 'I think I am going to raise that money,' " said Alvear.

Alvear raised $160,000,00 in one week.

"I never expected people to help in that fashion. Unbelievable. So I told the people in Tacloban, when I went, that we can give you two ambulances and a pickup truck, and they couldn't believe it," said Alvear.

The ambulances and pickup were delivered last month and are being used every day. For now, the ambulance is being used to transfer patients to open hospitals. The truck is used to run errands and pick up supplies. They even lend it to others in the town.

"I want to make sure that the money people contribute goes directly to the people," said Alvear.

There is Midstate money making a difference a world away.

"Thank you very much. My heart felt gratitude to all of you out there helping Tacloban City," said Gumajay.

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