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  • She was a gift of HOPE for storm victims

    Dr. Theresa Chan, a Medford hospitalist, helped moms and kids in the Philippines after a devastating typhoon
  • As part of Project HOPE, Medford physician Theresa Chan worked for three weeks in the Philippines, helping moms and children after Typhoon Haiyan, which killed 7,000 people in the island nation.
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  • As part of Project HOPE, Medford physician Theresa Chan worked for three weeks in the Philippines, helping moms and children after Typhoon Haiyan, which killed 7,000 people in the island nation.
    Chan, a hospitalist with Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, went into the ravaged island of Panay in the central Phillipines, which was directly in the path of the category 5 "super typhoon."
    She worked in the first three weeks of February, three months after the storm, teaching nurse midwives about managing postpartum hemorrhaging and repairing obstetric lacerations, Chan said.
    The work was done in remote, rural areas, in "austere clinic environments." It included delivery of some babies and, she says, "was a real good educational experience for me ... as well as for them. They have many fewer resources than we have."
    Chan was warmly welcomed, she notes.
    "It was a great experience to meet locals and learn and practice medicine. It made me appreciate our health care system, and theirs as well."
    The nonprofit Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) went into the Philippines immediately after the Nov. 8 storm, which damaged the local hospital extensively.
    "They have very few doctors and serve 65,000 people," she notes. When she was there, people were still rebuilding homes, which were of simple construction, she adds.
    Chan, who came to Medford a few years ago from her native San Francisco Bay Area, used to be a primary care physician. With Project HOPE, she plans to work in the maternal and infant care field in the Dominican Republic.
    John Darling is a freelance writer living in Ashland. Email him at jdarling@jeffnet.org.
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