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SLT 2015 – Sunday

This morning the team got up nice and refreshed, ready to work. We ate breakfast and went straight to the hospital, to begin unloading the supplies and equipment. Some of the luggage was delayed from the airport yesterday, so the Porters (Dr. Charlie Porter, Cardiologist and his wife Dr. Susan Porter, Anesthesiologist) volunteered graciously to remain in Guatemala City overnight, in order to receive the bags and drive back with them today.   Many of us chose to walk the (approx.) mile up to the hospital through the streets of San Lucas, which is a wonderful experience. You get to see the people of the town, smile, say “hola!” and be ...

Antigua Day By Day

Antigua Day 1 — Sunday   Today was the first day of work at the Obras Sociales del Hermano Pedro, the hospital and church that has welcomed in our Medical Missions Foundation teams for the past 11 years. After a tour around the facilities and a brief message from Annabella and Odra, the two wonderful women who make our stays at the Obras possible, the teams separated and went to work.   For the Antigua trip, Sunday is famous for being the long day, the exhausting day. Not this year. Under many experienced team leaders, the Pharmacy and Post-Op team finished their days work in three hours, and the Urology trio saw 32 patients in ...

Father’s Day and Men of Steel

Romania on June 16 2013 It is 9:23 am in Kansas City (Medical Missions Foundation home base) and 5:23 PM here in Botoşani (Bow-tow-shawn).  Back home, Father’s Day is likely starting for most dads with church or breakfast in bed or maybe, if dad is really lucky, just sleeping in.   The story is a little different here. First of all Father’s Day is not celebrated in Romania – although my translator tells me there is a similar holiday called “National Beer Day”. Oh how I love the Romanian dry wit! So looks like the father’s on our team will be hard at work all day.   A total of 95 children were prescreened by local ...

Oh The Things You Will See

Even Dr. Seuss could not have predicted the things one sees on a mission. Sometimes the doctors and nurses are even surprised. Equally surprising is their ability to diagnose and treat some of the conditions they discover. To be on the medical team you must be part Dr. Oz and part MacGyver. This week an astonishing (and sometimes overwhelming) 600 patients were seen in clinic and 26 surgical procedures were performed. Yes, I will say that again from Sunday afternoon until Thursday at 3 PM, our team screened, diagnosed and treated 600 patients and Dr. Hechler performed 26 surgeries.  Many of those patients were first seen in the morning, operated ...

Driving Days for his Father’s Care

Paul, a civil works contractor and father of four, has traveled all the way from Eastern Uganda to help his father get the medical treatment he needs. Assisted by his two brothers, the sons have traveled two long days by bus in hope that their father would receive surgery to remove the large hernia that has been causing him much pain. Paul shared that although his father is of 74 years old, he still needs his father’s encouragement, advice, and wisdom. Keep in mind that according to UNICEF, the average age life expectancy is 54. Paul wants nothing more than to keep his father alive and healthy. In my conversation with Paul, I was dazzled by his ...

MMF Saves a Child’s Life

The MMF medical team has seen close to 500 people at the local clinics from September 16th through September 17th. Yesterday, the medical team, art team, and local children posed for a photograph at the Lagwiny Health Center II, one of the satellite health clinics. At this location, there was a wide variety of cases ranging from tumors to rashes and skin irritations. MMF Saves a Baby's Life Yesterday at the clinic, Janna, an MMF volunteer from Canada, noticed that a three year old baby was extremely lathergic and wasn't moving. The baby was found to have a fever 40.2 degrees celsius or over 105 degrees fareinheight. The team treated the child ...

Story of a War Survivor

This is Jaclyn Collins, reporting back in on behalf of the Medical Missions team. Throughout the week a man named Edward has served as one of our group’s drivers. During transport, I was able to hear Edward’s personal story. Although it is horrifying, it is moving, and I hope it inspires others to tell people about the resilient people of Uganda and Medical Missions Foundation’s work here. Abducted by the LRA Edward is now a middle-aged man, though he reminisces back to his years as a young college student as we talk. At just 22 years old, Edward takes me back to when he was walking home from the University. He said he had an odd feeling, ...

Dr. Zamierowski Makes House Calls

At breakfast one morning, Dr. Zamierowski shared that for the first time ever, Medical Missions Foundation (MMF) made house calls in the Gulu area. While Dr. Zamierowski shared about this experience, I could see the pain in eyes, which stemmed from the deep emotion he felt for the children's suffering he learned about during his visit. During the house calls, Dr. Zamierowski and Abigail Hayo along with other MMF volunteers met with a priest, Brother Elio Croce, who takes in children that have cerebral palsy or are paraplegics. Dr. Zamierowski referred to this priest as a saint for saving these children that would have otherwise lived their lives in ...

Changing Lives Through Art

Art Team Visits Lacor Hospital’s Burn Unit The Medical Missions Foundation (MMF) Art Team and Occupational Therapist, Amy, recently visited Lacor Hospital’s burn unit. The suffering the children there have experienced cannot be fully explained through words. In Uganda it is easy for fires to happen because of the lack of access to electricity and dependency on fires. The peope of Uganda, therefore rely on fire to cook their meals, heat their water, and keep their home lit at night. As a result, more burns happen. Mission Coordinator, Abigail Hayo, said, “Since we’ve made burn prevention part of our mission, we have seen the number of ...