UT medics helping TX after Harvey

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) An elite team of medical specialists from Utah left to help the stretched hospital staff in Texas impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

“The folks here with the team are your local neighbors, doctors and nurses, paramedics, EMTs and logistic support personnel,” said Dr. Steven Bott said at the Salt Lake City International Airport Tuesday.

Within hours of receiving notice for deployment, 36 team members of Utah’s Disaster Medical Assistance Team load up and take off.

“I’m a little nervous but I’m ready to help my brothers and sisters in Texas,” Billi Tsuya said, physicians assistant from Park City.

At least 22 hospitals have been evacuated in the Gulf Coast, This group will likely set up a tent hospital or transport evacuated patients.

“I think we feel a little bit of stress here but they’re living it down there. By going down and just providing some relief I think that’s really important to help make a little difference,” Barrett Raymond said, registered nurse from Springville. 

“I feel a lot of responsibility and I feel great gratitude that I’m able to bring these kind of resources to people who are not as able to take care of themselves as maybe we will be able to help take care of them,” Dr. Steven Bott said, UT-DMAT commander.

After landing in Dallas, the group will get their assignment. They’re expecting to stay in Texas for up to two weeks.

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