Grand Junction surgeon reflects on helping hurricane victims

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- When the hurricanes hit the U.S. coastlines last month, a Grand Junction surgeon packed up to help with the National Disaster Medical System.

In fact, Dr. Harold Fenster makes his living traveling and making sure hospitals are recovering, too. He headed out to Dallas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and then hopped a plane to San Juan, Puerto Rico and relocated again to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The surgeon said many of the hospitals in the areas were damaged just as much as the communities.

"The roads were blocked, there were trees that had fallen on the roads, there were electric wires all over the place, there were roofs blown off homes, and I think this was pervasive throughout the islands," said Fenster.

Dr. Fenster said some of the hospitals had mold growing and other contamination problems from flooding. Before surgeons there can start operating on patients, he helps make sure they're in the clear.

Dr. Fenster said he feels like he's doing good work and is considering going back.

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