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Local Nurse Helps Victims of Typhoon in the Philippines

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LAS VEGAS -- Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines more than a month ago, and the country is still trying to recover.

Officials say the death toll has now hit 6,000 and more than 1,800 people are still missing.

One emergency room nurse from Las Vegas saw this devastation first hand. She just returned home from the city that suffered the most damage, Tacloban.

When the storm hit, bodies were scattered in the streets of Tacloban. Today the nightmare still lives on.

"Two bodies had actually washed in that debris, and they wanted us to see those two bodies. One was of a child about 12 years old," ER nurse Deb Workman said.

Deb Workman works at Valley Hospital but decided to help in the relief effort through Heart to Heart International.

She booked herself a ticket to the Philippines and arrived with her own food, clothes and sleeping bag in tow.

"It was completely amazing to see total destruction. Not one house, not one building, not one business, one school that was not affected by being demolished," Workman said.

Far from their sterile ERs, these nurses set up makeshift clinics on the side of the road to help victims. Lines formed almost immediately.

Workman says many people had puncture wounds left over from the super storm that were left untreated.

"They had gone 25, 30 days. So there were a lot of infected wounds that we had to clean up and give them antibiotics and tetanus shots," she recalled.

Despite the infections, death and destruction, workman says this was one of the most rewarding efforts of her career.

"Their gratitude for us being there to help them was probably the most amazing experience I've experienced as a nurse," Workman said.

While many agencies have stepped in, debris still litters the streets. Workman says entire villages still have yet to be uncovered and many of those swept away are still trapped beneath the wreckage.

People in the Las Vegas valley with family in the Philippines are stepping in to help out.

A relief concert is planned for 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Suncoast Hotel and Casino showroom. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Suncoast box office. All the artists are donating their time.

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