OC nursing grads help with relief in the Philippines

Reagan Hightower (center) with local children during her medical mission trip to the Philippines.
Reagan Hightower (center) with local children during her medical mission trip to the Philippines.

Oklahoma Christian University nursing graduates Reagan Hightower and Erin Downing traveled to the Philippines in December to help survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.

Haiyan is the deadliest typhoon on record: a category five super typhoon that ripped through Southeast Asia in early November.

“I just couldn’t stop thinking about it,” said Reagan, a nurse in the emergency department at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City. “I really wanted to get over there, but I figured it would be restricted to Red Cross workers. Then, I found an organization online and submitted my application. They called me the next day and I bought my ticket.”

Reagan and Erin, an ER nurse with Integris Hospital, went to the Philippines with Heart to Heart International, an organization whose mission is to provide ongoing medical care and supplies to communities in need worldwide.

Read the full story about Reagan’s work in the Philippines on Mercy’s website. KWTV, Oklahoma City’s CBS affiliate, interviewed Reagan for a feature story that you can watch below.

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