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Local Medics Headed to Ethiopia to Provide Medical Treatment

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A group of doctors, nurses and technicians in the Tri-Cities are leaving for Africa on Thursday to help people who need medical treatment. A group of doctors, nurses and technicians in the Tri-Cities are leaving for Africa on Thursday to help people who need medical treatment.

RICHLAND, WA - A group of doctors, nurses and technicians in the Tri-Cities are leaving for Africa on Thursday to help people who need medical treatment.

Doctor David Dickerman founded Hope for Humanity, a relief aid program, in 2013 after volunteering with several international relief charities.

The Richland anesthesiologist and a team of his colleagues at Tri-City Orthopedic are now heading to Mekele, Ethiopia. They will be treating people with traumatic bone injuries. 

"There's one orthopedic surgeon in the City of Mekele for, I believe, 300,000 people...so we're able to bring in some skill sets and resources that can help some of these individuals that, otherwise, wouldn't get the services that they need," said Kristin Schuster, a registered nurse who's taking the trip to Ethiopia.

The group of five funded the inaugural trip through donations alone. They are expected to return to the Tri-Cities in a week.

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