HINGHAM (CBS) — With every box Dr. Frank Duggan carries, he’s thinking about the countless lives of Ukrainians he can help.
“I’m going to see a lot of trauma,” he said.
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Dr. Duggan of Hingham is an Emergency Trauma Physician. The 55-year-old is heading to Ukraine on Sunday night through a nonprofit organization he established called Health Care Volunteers International. He has spent much of his career traveling the world to some of the world’s most dangerous places to provide emergency aid to those in need, from natural disasters to now the war in Ukraine.
“We have things to control bleeding, bandages,” Dr. Duggan said.
Approximately 1,500 pounds of medical supplies are now packed and ready to go.
Duggan said through a telemedicine platform that he will work with a team of doctors from the US and Ukraine. “I will set up a clinic that we hope to operate remotely with a doctor in the states overseeing some mid-tier or medical extenders from there to offload the hospitals. The main focus will be to see what interventions we can do, prior to arrival at the hospital, to decrease mortality,” he said.
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It took a team of family and friends to help him load the truck, Duggan said.
For now, he’s headed to Logan Airport and is ready to accept whatever comes his way.
“To have an opportunity where you can make a significant impact like this, I’m very grateful for that.
“To me, it seems a bit like World War II. You would like to think that you are as good as your grandparents and would go ahead and make a sacrifice and put yourself at risk for the well-being of others,” she said.
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Duggan plans to be there for at least three weeks before returning home.