Mary MuellerOct 13, 2017, 12:06 pmOct 14, 2017, 4:58 pm

White Plains doctor lauded for his work in British Virgin Islands after Irma, heads to Puerto Rico

Dr. Erik Larson heading to the island this weekend to bring medical supplies

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A White Plains doctor is making a difference, helping the people of the British Virgin Islands – and now he's headed to Puerto Rico.

White Plains hospital ER Dr. Erik Larson knows disasters.

In September he added Irma to the list, going to the British Virgin Islands. The category 5 hurricane ripping roofs off homes, taking out power and water, and leaving at least four dead.

Many there sadly felt forgotten. But Dr. Larson who had a home there didn't forget the people he had come to love. On a small plane with a friend, he brought in critical medical supplies.

He also delivered small generators to people in need and gave out water filtration systems. However, he couldn't treat people in the British territory.

But he is working to get himself and others credentialed to go back and help.

His work doesn't stop there.

Now he's leaving for Puerto Rico this weekend to bring medical supplies and treat the injured.

Larson is part of national disaster medical systems or NDMS. The group is made up of about 6,000 medical professionals selected by the federal government to help during a disaster.

Many hospitals in Puerto Rico are running on emergency generators.

Larson says those can barely support their AC system, let alone patients possibly on dialysis or other machines.

Larson's coworker of for more than 10 years says he's humbled by Larson's efforts.

His colleague says Larson makes his staff even better each time he comes back from a disaster.

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