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“Inside, a sea of blue fold-out beds was partitioned into units labeled ‘ICU,’ ‘dialysis’ and ‘X-ray.’ Surgical supplies and defibrillator machines lay next to them.

While the two field hospitals can accommodate hundreds of patients, the University Hospital team helped treat a crushing influx of 5,000 patients whose ailments ranged from severe dehydration and sun exposure to heart attacks, strokes, gastrointestinal problems and psychological disorders.”

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