Chandler doctor en route to Ukraine to provide medical care

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – A Valley doctor travels to Ukraine to help people who need it most. The team will go to areas where many people have lost loved ones and entire communities have been devastated.

Millions of people have fled since Russia invaded Ukraine. Yet hundreds of thousands of people remain without access to medical care. “Many of the normal medical services and infrastructure are unavailable to patients or people in villages or towns because they were either blown up or destroyed or the medical community left those towns,” said Dr. Andrew Villa, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Chandler.

In a week, he and a team of medical personnel will be in the areas near Kyiv to provide basic medical care. “We will go there and set up primary care clinics and accident care clinics and help people as much as we can,” he said.

dr Villa prepares for devastation as violence escalates across Ukraine, ravaging towns and cities. “Over 400 hospitals and clinics have been destroyed, severely degrading the infrastructure for the medical community,” he said.

He has been on several missionary trips around the world to provide aid, but his response to that trip is simple. “You have to have a heart for these people, I mean, they’ve been through so much and we have so much to give here and we’re really lucky,” said Dr. Villa. “How can you not go there and want to help them, that people around the world care about them and that they matter?”

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