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Local doctors return from helping in Syria

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Syria is in the middle of a revolutionary war and for 24 hours, a daring group of doctors, including some from Northeast Ohio, were right in the middle of it.

Dr. Fares Raslan of Cleveland's University Hospital was a part of the team of doctors, crossing from Turkey into Syria.

"The most shocking thing is the refugees. The kids.  The newborns. The babies," he said.

This is his exclusive story, along with the faces of a country torn apart by war that's filled with families and children.

Dr. Raslan says, "That was devastating to us because kids were arriving dead on arrival.  Beyond recognition."

Our Scott Taylor says the Medical Team set up a make shift trauma unit.  "They would bring to us 7 to 8. Every 20 minutes.  There is not enough beds.  The triage is on the floor," Dr. Raslan continued.

Naser Danan coordinated the team's trip and says Syria is in Turmoil, "Human tragedy.  It really raises serious moral and ethical questions about who we are as a human race."

The medical team believes it made a difference, Doctor Raslan says "We were able to save 72 people.  Gunshot wounds and shrapnel.  We lost 8."

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