Duluth nurse trades Christmas holiday to aid victims in Philippines

By KBJR News 1

December 6, 2013 Updated Dec 6, 2013 at 11:19 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A nurse from Duluth will be spending most of her Christmas holiday providing care to the victims of typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines.

A member of the R.N. Response Network, Anna Rathbun works in the ICU at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth.

On Friday, she learned she will be traveling to the Philippines on Monday for two weeks.

The death toll from last month's typhoon stands at more than 5,200. More than 25,000 were injured.

Skilled medical care is critically needed for a wide range of health issues.

Rathbun is one of seven nurses making the trip sponsored by National Nurses United.

"People are donating their money, I'm donating my time, you know, I have the ability, I have the skills I have the time. My co-workers will take excellent are of the patients that are still in Duluth while I'm gone. I really feel like I need to help people who are really in need right now," said Anna Rathbun, a registered nurse with RN Response Network.

Rathbun says 3,000 Registered Nurses across America and in other 19 counties are standing by to help typhoon victims.

As donations come in more will be deployed.

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