Florida Hospital sends physicians to Puerto Rico to aid with Hurricane Maria relief efforts

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Four physicians from Orlando-based Florida Hospital travelled to Puerto Rico Wednesday to provide medical services for those in need in the wake of Hurricane Maria, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Katia Lugo, MD, led the trip after seeing a post on social media from a friend who is a physician in Puerto Rico calling on medical professionals to help with hurricane relief efforts. All four members of the team from Florida Hospital are native Spanish speakers.

A Tuesday report from the Federal Emergency Management Agency said 58 of Puerto Rico's 69 hospitals were without power or fuel and many lack basic medical supplies. Nevertheless, the Florida Hospital physicians are prepared to help any way they can.

"No one is ready for what we're about to see, but we are prepared to work," Alfredo Tirado, MD, told the Orlando Sentinel.  

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