WNWO Exclusive: Philippine nurse helps Toledo-area doctors despite losing her home
Tue, 26 Nov 2013 00:25:26 GMT —
Eleven Toledo volunteers made up of doctors and support staff returned home from the Philippines after a week caring for more than 2,500 survivors of the devastating typhoon.
WNWO Anchor Jim Blue travelled with them to Panay Island, where the electricity has been cut off, cell service is spotty, and many homes have been destroyed.
Flor Reyes, a 22-year-old nurse from the Philippines working with the doctors from Toledo at a temporary clinic, shared her story with Jim.
Flor and her mother, father, and sister lost their beachfront home to the typhoon. They fled with neighbors to a community health center in the municipality of New Washington as the storm came ashore.
Flor says, â??It was horrible. I hope I will never experience that again.â??
She shared pictures of what her home made of bamboo and cinder block looked like two days after the storm. It was literally flattened.
â??There was nothing to do but cry,â?? Flor says, â??It feels like zero. Weâ??re going to have to start all over again.â??
Florâ??s brother and a friend arrived from the capital city of Manila to help with repairs. They have already put up the roof protecting the family from passing showers.
The beach view from the home would command a million dollar price tag in the United States. In Panay itâ??s an everyday backdrop.
The sea has been Florâ??s front yard her entire life. The palm trees, the surf and sand usually create a paradise. But not when the storms come. Flor says, â??Itâ??s like human. It gets angry.â??
The Philippine people have proved their resilience after winds and waves claimed more than 5,000 lives. Even with help from the United States, it will take months to rebuild. They will survive, even thrive, after the Typhoon.