WAVELAND, Miss. – The Mississippi town of Waveland (search) is one of the most devastated places in the Gulf Coast. Just about everything is gone.
With nothing left and nowhere to go, Waveland’s survivors picked through piles of donated clothing. No one was surprised to see kids roaming around in their pajamas.
But across the street, amid the mess where Hurricane Katrina (search)'s massive storm surge left people dead atop a K-Mart, lay a lifesaver: a mobile medical center from North Carolina.
MED One (search) has been treating people since Sept. 4, shortly after the raging storm hit, and has helped about 6,500 patients. This is its first deployment and it's proven to be a vital need for a community where the local hospitals were washed out and shut down.
Built with Homeland Security grant money after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the 14-bed, state-of-the-art traveling hospital is touted by doctors here as modern medical technology at its best. And it can be deployed within 24 hours.
And MED One is a comfort to many hurricane victims in Waveland.
"It's sad to hear their stories, you know, a lot of our staff cry every day," Chris Tomaszewski, a physician with MED One. "These people want to come back ... they're grateful they still have their lives and their loved ones, in many cases, and have a chance to recover."
Former President Bush visited the MED One staff in Waveland last weekend during his first trip to the Gulf Coast since Katrina hit. He and former President Clinton are working together to raise relief money. Bush said it's hard to explain what he's seen in Mississippi to anyone that hasn't seen it firsthand themselves.
"There are no words in my view to describe the enormity of this tragedy," Bush said.
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