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UW Health doctor plans trip to Ecuador earthquake disaster zone as two hospitals he founded are spared

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MADISON (WKOW) -- As the death toll continues to rise following the Ecuador earthquake, Dr. David Gaus is preparing to head into the disaster zone. 

Ahead of his trip, the creator of Andean Health, an organization that provides a residency program and care to rural populations in Ecuador, tells 27 news, he knows it will be bad.

"This is a definite major human tragedy, it requires all hands on deck," Dr. Guas said.

Dr. Gaus founded Andean Health a decade ago, he says by luck, both of his hospitals were spared.

"Our two hospitals were on the edge of the earthquake's epicenter, neither of our hospitals suffered significant damage so they are up and running," he said.

Dr Gaus worries though that the hospitals aren't enough, he says the infastructure is crumbling and roads are unusable.

He says he's sent his residents out to triage patients and play an active role in the stages of the earthquake.

Dr. Gaus still fears the worst may still be yet to come.

"We still don't think we have a good handle on the damage and the suffering and the toll it's taken on human lives."

Dr. Gaus has already worked out an arrangement with Delta and the Embassy  to bring extra medical supplies to Ecuador. 

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