Samaritan's Purse Opens Emergency Field Hospital in Turkey One Week After Deadly Earthquakes

Boone, N.C., Feb. 13, 2023—Today, international Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse accepted its first patients at the Emergency Field Hospital in Antakya, Turkey. Back-to-back earthquakes rocked the region last week, killing more than 36,000 people and leaving tens of thousands in desperate need of medical care. The Emergency Field Hospital was airlifted on Friday, along with critically needed supplies, such as hygiene kits, solar lights and shelter tarp to aid families in the hardest-hit areas.

The field hospital—equipped with 52 patient beds, a pharmacy and 2 operating rooms—is located in the parking lot of a 1,100-bed hospital, which is no longer functional due to the earthquake. Samaritan’s Purse doctors and nurses treated dozens of patients in the first hours of operation.

“Our Emergency Field Hospital is now open, and our medical team has already treated earthquake injuries like broken bones, wounds and infections, ” dijo Franklin Graham, presidente de Samaritan's Purse. “People are suffering, and we are there to meet their physical needs in Jesus’ Name. Please pray for everyone affected and for our Disaster Assistance Response Team as they meet these emergency needs.”

The N.C.-based organization has 93 disaster response specialists on the ground in Turkey with more traveling to the area in the coming days.

Oportunidades para los medios

  • Interview Nick Bechert, team lead on the ground in Turkey
  • Interview Mel Wubs, hospital director of the Emergency Field Hospital, in Antakya, Turkey
  • High-quality photos and broadcast quality b-roll available here

Solicitudes de los medios

Con base en Boone, Carolina del Norte, Samaritan's Purse responde, en el nombre de Jesús, a las necesidades físicas y espirituales de las personas en situaciones de crisis, especialmente en lugares donde no hay personas ayudando. Liderada por su Presidente y Director Ejecutivo Franklin Graham, Samaritan's Purse trabaja en más de 100 países para proveer ayuda a las víctimas de guerra, enfermedad, desastre, pobreza, hambruna y persecución. Para más información, visítanos en: