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US-based Pinoy doctor raises P.5-B medical donations
For Marawi City hospitals
By Ding Cervantes

Sep 12, 2017

CLARK FREEPORT - Some P.5 billion worth of medical equipment and supplies, all donated by various hospitals in Michigan in the US, are now being fitted into 20 40-foot container vans in the warehouse of the World Medical Relief (WMR) headed by a Kapampangan doctor in Detroit.

“The medical items include x-ray and dialysis machines, hospital beds and other such items that would be on standby for four hospitals destroyed in Marawi City,” said WMR chief executive offi cer Dr. George Samson in a forum with the Capampangan in Media, Inc. (CAMI) on Friday.

WMR is a non-profi t organization established by housewife Irene Auberlin who raised donations for children orphaned by the Korean War in Pyongyang 1953.

WMR has been donating hospital equipment and medicines to at least 120 countries, said Samson who was made a member of the board of the WRM in 1991 after he sought the organization’s help in rehabilitating hospitals affected by the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in Central Luzon.

He became the WMR chief executive officer in 2009 and has held the position since then.

Samson said the donations are second hand items which have remained reusable and were estimated to cost a total of P500 million in their present condition.

WRM has donated various hospital equipment to local hospitals, mostly in Pampanga where Samson was born.

At the Ospital Ning Angeles in Angeles City, the organization has donated a total of 40 dialysis machines.

In the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda, it also donated medical equipment worth millions of pesos to affected hospitals in Samar and Leyte.

The MMR website said Auberlin, founder of WMR, gave rise to the organization by seeking donations for Pyongyang’s orphaned children in Michigan, and then stationing herself at the gate of a military base in her state to beg soldiers to deliver the donations to the orphans.

“Mrs. Auberlin mobilized her friends and family to collect food, baby clothing, cribs, and medicines to ship overseas. Her original goal- -to help one small boy-- turned into a much larger mission: relieving the pain and suffering of an entire orphanage filled with 400 hurting children,” the WMR website said.

Her effort inspired volunteers worldwide and led to the establishment of the WMR which has been raising medical donations to help hospitals and the poor in at least 120 countries.

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