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Tarawa's Medical Teams Give Aid To Residents Affected By Tropical Cyclone Sidr

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS071210-12
Release Date: 12/10/2007 4:37:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason Zuidema, USS Tarawa Public Affairs

BARGUNA, Bangladesh (NNS) -- Two Tarawa Expeditionary Strike Group medical teams provided aid to over 300 Bangladesh residents Dec. 5 who are still recovering from Tropical Cyclone Sidr.

USS Tarawa (LHA 1) arrived in Bangladesh Dec. 3 in response to their government's request to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

"We saw about 300 patients in a matter of five hours," said Lt. Cmdr. Lu Le, a Navy surgical doctor attached to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked aboard Tarawa, and medical team leader. "Those are pretty good numbers for our small team of 10 people."

The team set up three different aid stations within the hospital and treated over 300 locals during the two-day evolution.

"Overall it went really well," said Le. "I was happy with the collaboration we had with the local staff. Local physicians stood along side us as we saw the patients."

Most injuries treated were related to the cyclone.

"With those kinds of winds you can't avoid being hit by the trees, flying debris and everything that went around them," said Le. "We treated a lot of people with wounds, bone fractures and lower back pain. I wish we had more time, so we could continue the work. It's a very rewarding experience to be out here, giving the little we have, to make their world a little better."

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