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Lubbock doctor heads to Haiti to aid in relief

By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - More than 50,000 are dead and countless more are injured, and a local doctor aims to help the situation when he leaves for Haiti on Monday.

Doctor Larry Warmoth is getting ready to see the aftermath of Tuesday's earthquake that left Haiti in ruins. "What I know is going to be hardest for me is children. That's going to be really hard to struggle with and it sounds like that's a big part of the injuries down there are kids," said Warmoth.

No longer an active Colonel in the International Guard, Warmoth jumps on the chance to use his medical knowledge for the sake of saving lives. He's already helped after Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike, and Warmoth knows Haiti will be even worse.

"It's so concentrated, these people are on a small island and the devastation is just unimaginable," said Warmoth. That's what he'll wake up to for the next couple of weeks. "The things we take for granted. Walk over to the sink wash your hands, but when you see people come up and," said Warmoth.

Warmoth will leave behind a wife, three kids, and his private practice to go to Haiti with the International Guard, but he says it's his duty to do what's right. "It's pretty horrific the things you see but as long as you're going, and you know you're doing something to help it's a little easier to go to sleep at night," said Warmoth.

The City of Lubbock is also rallying to give assistance to the victims in Haiti. City officials set up the Lubbock Cares Fund which involves Breedlove Dehydrated Foods, the American Red Cross, and the Salvation Army. To make a donation to this fund, you can go to any American State Bank branch.

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