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Another team from Massachusetts General Hospital heads to Nepal

From left: Hasmukh Patel, Nick Merry, RN, Russell DeMailly, RN, Lindsey Martin, NP, Monica Staples, RN, Paul Biddinger, MD, left for Nepal Thursday.

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From left: Hasmukh Patel, Nick Merry, RN, Russell DeMailly, RN, Lindsey Martin, NP, Monica Staples, RN, Paul Biddinger, MD, left for Nepal Thursday.

Another team from Massachusetts General Hospital left for Nepal on Thursday morning to help with relief efforts following the April 25 earthquake that claimed more than 8,000 lives and injured more than 17,000 people.

Six health care workers are traveling to Katmandu with Project Hope, an international aid organization headquartered in Virginia, which recruited volunteers based on current needs in Nepal.

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Last week, a separate Mass. General team of seven health care workers went to Nepal with the International Medical Corps, another global health charity.

The Project Hope group is led by Dr. Paul Biddinger, chief of Mass. General’s Division of Emergency Preparedness. The other members include Lindsey Martin, an intensive care nurse- practitioner; nurses Monica Staples, Russell DeMailly, and Nick Merry; and Patel Hasmukh, a medical lab technologist who speaks Nepali and Hindi, and has worked in Nepal and India.

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“Right now, they are scheduled to be working at a hospital in Katmandu, but the situation is fluid,” Project Hope spokeswoman Alison Brandt said. “There is a chance they could be assigned to other places, if needs change.”

They will return May 26 or 27.

Meanwhile, one of the first medical teams to deploy from Boston -- 14 people associated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center -- is scheduled to return from Nepal on Monday.

Felice J. Freyer can be reached at felice.freyer@globe.com.
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