Maumee doctor and team pack up, head to Houston

MAUMEE, Oh (WTVG) - "It's very heartbreaking for me because these people are in pain; they're suffering," Alisha Sangal, a medical student said of hurricane victims in Houston.

She is one of many people answering the call to help.

Monday, volunteers wasted little time getting the relief team ready to go, packing up 40-pound duffle bags with medicine and other medical supplies for the people in Texas.

"Everybody needs help in times of disaster, when you lose everything," Dr. Richard Paat, a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Toledo said.

He's leading the charge. His team of 18 is no stranger to relief missions. This one to Houston happens to be number 8. He says he may not know right now, where they're staying but he does know that his group will be able to make a difference.

"We have a certain skill set here as physicians, nurses and pharmacists and other volunteers, that we can rush to a site and help people that need help," Dr. Paat said.

For some, this trek to Houston is a first.

"That's part of why I'm becoming a physician, to give medical care to those who don't have it," Sangal said.

Sangal is a third year medical student. She says she's been on mission trips to Latin American, but nothing quite like what's happening in Texas.

"I think it's really important to help especially in our country," Sangal said. "There are a lot of sick people down there, a lot of flooding and a lot of people who are in need," she said.

"There are other organizations down there providing food, clothing and shelter, so we'll be providing the medical help that they need," Dr. Paat told 13abc.

He's certain the days will be long and exhausting, but he says it's a small price to pay.

"We're called to serve. It's what we do."

The team of 18 leaves Tuesday morning and will be back in the Toledo-area on Sunday.