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Philippine ambassador accepts donation of prosthetic limbs for typhoon victims

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More help is on the way to victims of devastating Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

A shipment of $750,000 worth of prosthetic limbs has been donated by the CEO of Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics, Inc., who teamed up with the producers of the documentary "Rescue In The Philippines" to make it happen.

Some of the sick people living in squalid conditions since the storm are facing massive infections. A U.S. medical team that just arrived is performing a lot of surgeries, mostly amputations.

Philippine Ambassador Jose Cuisia graciously accepted the donation, noting that the American doctors have performed 77 amputations since their arrival.

3 Roads Communications, producers of the film, held a screening and reception in the Cannon House Office Building. The film is on the list of Oscar qualifying documentaries and tells the story of how Jews were rescued from the Nazis in Europe during World War II and resettled in the Philippines.

Key planners included the then-President of the Philippines as well as General Dwight Eisenhower, whose granddaughter, Susan, attended the evening's screening.

Producers call the documentary a modern day tale of how good can come out of evil and are pleased to see it connected to the current rescue and relief efforts.

Oddly enough, the prosthetics shipment was planned prior to Typhoon Haiyan after the Philippines was hit in recent months with earthquakes and other typhoons.

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