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India 2019 – Photo Gallery

“Find your gift and give it away”. That quote has been the inspiration for Medical Missions Foundation operating room nurse Teresa Von Hagel during her several missions to India.   Our mission in Bhopal has concluded for 2019 and we know that our entire team gave their gift of medical expertise, compassion and friendship to the people of India.   There will be more to come on the mission and today we would like to share some images from our unforgettable week.  

India 2019 – You Can’t Just Take

I’ve always thought of Americans as some of the most compassionate people in the world. I still think that. But the community of volunteers in Bhopal is something special.   During the week the Medical Missions Foundation team is here, 45 local business people and students have been serving the Sewa Sadan Hospital around the clock.  They are moving patients from the operating room to the recovery unit, helping people who must stay on the ward. They serve meals, snacks and coffee to our team, and cook food for everyone in the building. That’s on top of the medical volunteers who have joined us from other parts of the country. &...

India 2019 – We Can All Help Someone

By looking at 12-year old Nisha Singh, a slight child with a wide smile, you wouldn’t guess she’s been walking around with a golf-ball sized stone in her bladder. I cringe just thinking about it.   A few months ago the usually happy girl began having pain when she urinated. Her worried parents spent a fortune for them: 500 rupees-around $7.00- getting her treatment at a private hospital. But the pain got worse. They didn’t know what to do. Then, in a stroke of luck that her mom Hashkua sees as a sign from God, a nephew told them about the Medical Missions Foundation group coming to Bhopal.     “We did not ...

India 2019 – Our Future Is Bright

The future of Medical Missions Foundation is here. Literally here in Bhopal, India.   Medical Missions brought two surgical residents on this trip for some specific and strategic reasons.   “This gives surgical residents great experience with the kind of cases we do,” said Dr. Tammy Neblock-Beirne, an experienced general surgeon at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. “It helps you think on your feet and makes you more resourceful as a surgeon.” For Dr. Naren Khare, a urologist at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, who grew up in Bhopal, it’s deeply personal. “I want them to learn volunteerism. I ...

India 2019 – A Matter of Trust

“I’m not scared at all.”   The quiet confidence of Tulsa Bai underscores the faith and trust placed in the team from Medical Missions Foundation. I spoke with Bai as she waited for surgery.  She wore a serene smile on her face; her hands calmly resting on her medical records ready to present to the operating room nurse.   Bai has suffered from painful kidney stones over the past four years. But she didn’t have the courage to take care of it until three women from her village of Sandiya had the same operation last year and urged her to come. “The women who left here were so happy with the way they feel they ...

India 2019 – The Adventure Begins

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open”- Jawaharlal Nehru   Welcome to day one of the Medical Missions Foundation adventure to Bhopal, India. Where two vastly different cultures come together in friendship and service; mutual respect and love.     The American team left their homes, families and the comfortable surroundings of familiar food and smells. Where cows and kids are most not likely walking through the streets, and where traffic does not descend into white knuckle chaos on a daily ...

Uganda 2017 – A Chance At Life

The wailing of babies filled the hospital pre-op area, but it was a good thing.   Medical Missions Foundation was giving some of most fragile little people in Gulu, Uganda a tremendous gift: a fighting chance to live.   The team performed surgeries on 20 babies during their 5 days in Gulu for a variety of health problems, including lesions, burns, congenital anomalies and urological issues. Four of the babies weighed less than 6.5 pounds.   Baby Emmy captured the hearts of the entire team.  At two weeks old he was a tiny 4.6 pounds and had 2 pieces of his intestines that were not connected. He looked out from his big ...

Uganda 2017 – Finding The Bond

When the buses pulled in to the Cwero clinic at 9 o’clock, the clinic site was already packed with people, some had been there since 2:00 in the morning.   Among the hundreds waiting for a chance to be seen by the medical team, a young woman struck up a conversation in perfect English.   Her name is Juliet. She’s 25 years old and the mother of 2 beautiful children: 4-year old Matilda and 2-year old Mitch Lawrence.   Her life has not been easy by any measure. Her mother and father died of HIV when she was 18 years old, “little by little,” as she put it. The family lived in fear during the years of war; her ...

Uganda 2017 – Nobody Said It Would Be Easy

Seasoned Medical Missions Foundation volunteers will tell you this work isn’t all butterflies and rainbows.   It can be grueling work. And heartbreaking as well. Today I visited all the locations where we are working.   And I felt the frustration myself.   One woman who has a massive growth on her jaw can’t have it removed because the local hospital doesn’t have proper aftercare to help her survive. A one week old baby born with a congenital malformation that couldn’t be corrected by our team. In fact, there’s probably no place in the country that can help him. Street children with various infections ...

Uganda 2017 – Hearts Are In Two Places

I’m often asked why I support international aid efforts when we have need at home in the United States.   Given the fact I’m in a group of nearly 80 medical volunteers in Uganda as hurricane recovery efforts in Houston and Florida are underway, I’ll likely be asked that question again.   My answer will include a story about a little boy named Jeffrey.   His mom walked more than an hour with the 2 year old in her arms to a remote clinic staffed by the Medical Missions team. Little Jeffrey fell into a fire while his mother, Grace, was working in the field farming millet to provide her six children with something to ...