Heartbeat 7/27/2014: Lubbock Texas Medical Mission to the Philippines

Published 07/28 2014 09:09AM

Updated 07/28 2014 09:15AM

LUBBOCK, TX -- A group of doctors and nurses from Covenant Health System spent 10 days in June caring for people in the Philippines who would otherwise not get basic medical care.  They call themselves “Lubbock Texas Medical Mission.”  Among them was Doctor Maybin Simfukwe.

“There are certain places where if you don’t have money, you don’t get treated,” said Dr. Simfukwe.

“We saw patients with any kind of medical problem that they came in with,” Simfukwe said.  “For them, it was a Godsend.  So, we were very happy to provide that service.”

Nurse Katherine Ewalt helped raise $14,000 to get the Covenant team there and back. 

“All the money that we raise goes to those that we serve,” Ewalt said. “Anything is needed, and everything is appreciated.”

Also, the group spent about $3,000 at every stop to provide medicine and other supplies. 

“Until you actually see it, it doesn’t really hit home about the reality of it,” Ewalt said. “They were extremely appreciative. They waited for hours and hours in the heat.”

“We take a lot of things for granted in this country,” Simfukwe said.  “You just don’t see how other populations suffer and it makes you think twice and say, ‘You know what? I'm not going to complain at all.’”

Another trip is planned for the year 2016.  Those interested in helping financially or otherwise can call Dr. Simfukwe’s office at 806-771-7412.

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