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MedStar Washington Nurse Off To The Philippines

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Gandessa Orteza is heading to the country she left when she was five to bring relief to those impacted by the typhoon. When the extent of the damage from devestating storm became clear, she immediately knew she wanted to be on the ground.

"After watching the impact a lot of these natural disasters that have occured in the past few years...I couldn't just sit idle anymore, I couldn't just donate money. I felt like I had to do more."   

Orteza says she'll be in the country using her nursing skills for two weeks and that she's wanted to volunteer abroad for a long time. Earlier this year, she signed up with the Registered Nurse Response Network, the organization sending her to help.

She says she still has relatives on the island nation, and while her closest ones are accounted for, her family hasn't heard from others, who they believe were in the pathway of the super typhoon.

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