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say that. and i think that's where his real problem is going to be. >> ann romney on politics, family and her new cookbook. you can hear her monday morning on cnn's "new day" beginning at 6:00. she sits down with me right here monday night 9:00 eastern. that's all for us tonight. anderson cooper starts right now. good evening. i'm anderson cooper reporting tonight live from manila. thanks for joining us on this edition of "ac 360." this is day eight since supertyphoon haiyan hit this region and has devastated much of the philippines in the south. a lot of coastal communities. you have been witnessing what we have been seeing over the last several days. it's easy to think that by day eight with all the aid that's coming with the increasing improvements and the way it's being distributed it's easy to think that the worst is over. but for many people on the ground, the nightmare continues. there is still a lack of food, still a lack water and people
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are dying. people are still dying, people will die who don't need to die. they're going to die of things that if they had antibiotics they couldizely be cured of. we have an example of that this evening. you may have seen this picture. it's been seen around the world. it's really stunned a lot of people. a woman in what has remains of a hadn't in tacloban who has no other option but to try to pump air into her husband's body to keep him alive. she's manually been pumping air into his lungs to keep him alive. he essentially has a broken leg. but an infection has set in because he wasn't seen by doctors because there weren't doctors who could see him. there weren't surgeons who could operate on him. there weren't antibiotics that could actually stop the infection. so antibiotics that would cost a few cents were not available. and we're not talking about the first day after the storm or the second day, we're talking the third and the fourth and the fifth and the sixth day ivan
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watson is joining us from tacloban with an update on what has happened to this man. also joined by nick payton walsh here in manila. ivan, you were just at the hospital. this picture has captivated, been in newspapers, seen on television around the world. you have a update now on what's happening. what's going on? >> reporter: anderson, i'm very sad to report that the man photographed there, 27-year-old richard pulga who had an open fracture of his right leg basically his two shin bones, passed away on friday, doctors tell me. they operated on him. he was terribly infected. he had a terrible infection of his leg. he had not, they said, gotten first aid for at least three days, and then he was bandaged. and then this infection set in. and they had no choice but to finally operate on friday. but they lacked one critical critical element that they say could have saved his life.
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they didn't have blood supplies for a transfusion and could not save him as they operated on him. the doctors tell me that if they had blood and they asked for it and it is certainly in stock in other cities and towns around the philippines, they could have saved this man's life whose initial injury was a broken leg. anderso anderson? >> i mean, let's just pause an think about that for a moment. a man who had a broken leg is now dead because there wasn't blood supplies, and he had gotten an infection that there weren't antibiotics to treat. so when people hear when the government has talked about we're focusing on the living, we're focusing on saving the living, simple things like blood, like antibiotics have not been getting out fast enough. and time -- i i mean, you can say, well, it's difficult. we're facing a lot of
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difficulties. we all understand that. it's not an easy situation. the infrastructure is bad even in the best of times. but that man should not have died. there was no reason for that man to have died of essentially a broken leg. as you see on the ground, ivan, in tacloban, how are the efforts going to get the eight outside that's at the airport to other places? the fact that the clinic in tacloban at the airport days ago didn't have food and water and basic supplies, enough supplies according to doctors they talked to there, that's right at the airport. so this hospital is in town, they didn't have blood, is just -- is inexplicable and heart-breaking. how are things now today? >> reporter: well, at this one hospital which was destroyed, its operating rooms were destroyed, it's a private hospital the divine word hospital. it was a surgical team that came in from the department of health from another town. and they've come in and
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basically taken it over to try to do some of these very urgent operations. they say they've done 17 in the last 36 hours giving us a snapshot here. some of thosesa cesareans, for example. i saw tiny babies who had just been born. disturbingly, some of the other operations they've carried out, at least six in the last 24 hours are amputations. these are people who have had also wounds to their limbs, to their legs, to their arms that, have gone untreated for the better part of a week, that have gotten infected, and then the doctors have no choice but to basically use a method dating back to the civil war, chop the limb off. and we saw a number of men in there with amputations above the knee, below the shoulder. and these are some of the measures that doctors at this facility are having to take because people have gone
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untreated a week after the typhoon. ander son. >> fans the >>. >> and if there were facilities to get people on airplanes, to get them to other facilities lives could have been saved. nick you were in tacloban where lots of bodies have been collected, some still not collected but being gathered in the last few days. >> you've seen the government come in there. change on the streets. talking about a lack of communication. what we saw one of the key things, the smell is still on the streets as you drive through. they've put them together in this morgue. that's the beginning to try to get that process. >> let's take a look.
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>> reporter: this is where it ends for so many. without ceremony or even their name spoken softly. the corpses that have littered tacloban as so much of the city leaves come to rest here. until parts of the horror of how they must have died. but they leave many questions, too, among the overpowering smell of looming disease. it's a cold but necessary process, the accounting of the dead that happens here. and the condition they arrive in after days in the open and the impact of flood waters, gruesome, sometimes unrecognizable. but for the relatives who come here in search of their loved ones, it's here that they hear the toughest answers. some endure the search for mothers or brothers but just find more not knowing. the remarkable thing, though, the people who arrive, one man we spoke to found his father's
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remains in the corpses that are identified but hadn't actually found out where his mother was and believed it was in that group. >> that's what people don't understand unless you're seen the condition of people who have downed in a violent way, who have been hit by debris, left outside for days and days, a mother can be looking at their child and not recognize their own child because of what happens to a body when it's been out like this. imagine the heart break of that opening up body bags searching for your child and looking at all these remains and not being able to even identify your loved one. >> there's the emotion at heart break everyone goes through. the most sensitive, horrifying moment of formal i.d.s, the government's ability to provide dignity in that important moment and simple public health issue, too. people are going to start getting ill in that town unless debris is cleared away, unless more fresh water is present. that's the real issue. >> ivan, again the government had talked about prepositioning supplies in the advance of this storm. i know electricity was out,
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facilities were out at hospitals all throughout tacloban. but it's just stunning to me that this long into it on friday a man can die essentially from a broken leg because of a lack of supplies. and just the prioritizing of things the immediate aftermath of this i think is probably something that is going to have to be looked at in calmer times so that the next time -- that's what this is about. not only saving lives now, but the next time this happens, because it will happen again, what can we learn now about what's happening here that's going to change things the next time around. ivan, appreciate your reporting. nick payton walsh as well. we'll take a short break. when we come back we'll talk to somebody from a group i really like a lot, doctors without borders and their staff about the needs on the ground right now. we'll be right back.
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this is one of the few houses that are still standing pretty solidly built, one of the houses made out of concrete. it seems to survive the storm. but you just get a sense of the power of the some. here's a jeep that's been slammed into the how. then there's this truck that's been lifted up from somewhere and put on top of the jeep. and the smell of rot iting -- t
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smell of decay is everywhere around here. there's a cow, yeah, that's a dead cow. and it looks like behind it there's the body of a person covered in a green cloth. >> that was tuesday in tacloban. and a body like that more than likely is probably still there. there's still a lot of bodies, particularly bodies in debris that have not yet been collected. that grim task goes on, and it is thankless work for all the fir firefighters and others who are doing in. i want to bring in damian maloney with doctors without border on the ground in tacloban. it's an organization we have worked with over the years. damian, what are the greatest priorities for you right now? >> anderson, at the moment i think it's a logistics problem at the moment. we're having trouble with access, with electricity, with
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food, with water. it's really hard to help people if we don't have any of these things. we can't find transport, can't find drivers. the population is basically leaving the city because it's really difficult to get any of these basic human rights. >> we saw earlier in this broadcast that a man died eceptionly of a broken leg, from an infection that spread as a result of that broken leg hch. he died yesterday after being operated on. his wife was in a hospital downtown manually trying to pump air into his lungs, because there was no one else, no nurses to give a hand. what about the existing medical infrastructure? are there hospitals operating? can people get care? because i saw there was a clinic at the tacloban airport but they seemed overwhelmed two days ago. >> yeah, exactly. i think at the moment it's people are starting to get -- the hospitals, the structures
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that are still standing are starting to get a bit overwhelmed. people are starting to come with these really severe infections but also with the chronic diseases and things that people just generally get sick from. upper respiratory tract infections and viral diseases. the hardest part again, logistics. there's very little drugs, very little staff. and it's hard to get people here and it's hard to get these drugs here at the moment. >> what do you need? do you have all the supplies that you need as an organizatio organization? >> sorry, anderson, i just lost you. >> do you have all the supplies that you need as an organizatio organization? >> yeah. it actually landed in cebu which is the next island across last night and it's coming across tomorrow night. so on a barge. and them we're going to put up an inflatable hospital with full
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surgical capacity, outpatients department, obgyn, maternity, children, the whole deal. but just this getting things from manila and from europe, it's been quite difficult here. and now it's finally on the ground. we've got to get it here. that's quite difficult as well. >> and even often getting it off the tarmac, in a lot of places there aren't forklifts to lift pallets of aid and goods. then as you said the trucks to move stuff. the fuel, it's all these logistical things that people don't think about that people take for granted but that really end up costing people's lives. i appreciate, damian, all the work that you're doing as i always do with doctors without borders. the people can go to our web site to find out more information about doctors without borders. damian maloney, we'll continue to check in with you in the days
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american marines promised to get this airport up and running on a 24-hour basis. they have lived up to that promise along with u.s. air force personnel who are here on the ground overseeing operations. last night was the first night that c 130 cargo planes were
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able to happened during nighttime hour. as you can tell it's already made a dips. there's a lot more aid on the ground here at the airport in tacloban. these are actually boxes of medical supplies, looks like they're from germany. these are boxes, pallets full of boxes from usaid from the united states. these are plastic tarps, sheets that can be cut up by families, thousands of them. they can be used for shelter, which is critically important here for the people who have really no shelter from the elements whatsoever. the question is how quickly can this aid be distributed out to the communities that need it most. can it be distributed safely, efficiently, and quickly. that's the big holdup right now. the phillipine government on the local government here, even the federal government is very disorganized. there aren't the capabilities. they don't have trucks, there's a shortage of fuel. so how quickly this aid can get out there right now, that's the biggest challenge. >> all week long we've seen so many remarkable things and met
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so many extraordinary people. a lot of times on a story like this we'll put it together in kind of an essay format in a reporter's notebook. here's mine for this week. >> when everything else is taken away, broken and battered, stripped raw, bare, you see people as they really are. this week in tacloban, samar and cebu amidst the hunger and thirst, the chaos and confusion, we've seen the best in the filipino people. their strength, their courage. i can't get it out of my mind. imagine the strength it takes for a mother to search alone for her missing kids. [ speaking foreign language ] >> the strength to sleep on the street near the body of your
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child. >> where will you sleep tonight? >> here in the street. >> we've seen people with every reason to despair, every right to be angry. instead find ways to laugh and to love, to stand up, to move forward. a storm breaks wood and bone, brings hurt and heart break. in the end the wind, the water, the horror it brings is not the end of the story. with aid and assistance, compassion and care, this place, these people, they will make it through. they've already survived the worst. they're bowed perhaps, tired and traumatized, but they are not broken. mabuhi, philippines. maraming salamat for showing us all how to live.
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it's been almost a week since the typhoon hit. and the initial adrenaline of the storm and its aftermath is faded. and just the grim reality of what life is now has taken its place. people are trying to kind of rebuild is too strong a word. just trying to survive as best they can. people have hupg up some washing on a shack that they put together out of scraps of corrugated tin that they've been able to salvage. you see women doing washing of plates and clothing, whatever they can find, whatever they can find that they used to open that's been spread out through all this area.
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you see people all the time now just walking around trying to find their possessions, just trying to find family photographs and plates and all the little things that make up a person's life. >> that's it for us here in manila. thanks very much for watching. "unguarded" with rachel nichols starts now. tonight on "unguarded with rachel nichols." uninhibit. hall of famer john elway reveals peyton manning's quirky side and the upside of being a boss. >> there is anything about your job now that you like better than when you were playing? >> the fact they don't get hit. >> unafraid. >> there was a bone sticking out of your leg. >> near months after that gut-wrenching broken leg. guard kevin ware of louisville is back. unguarded. kevin ware's coach, rick pitino, shows a side you've never seen. >> he said i learned humility too late in life.


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