Antigua 2017 – Post Trip Thoughts & Team Photo Gallery

Once we were on the ground on a mission trip, so many remarkable encounters, extraordinary activities and meaningful moments fly by at such speed that it is hard to capture and process the experience. Now, as we are returning home to our normal routines, we will begin to find time to reflect and process our nine-day opportunity in Antigua, Guatemala. It will take time for all of this to settle in, but we are beginning to understand the significance of the experience, and we know that we have been forever changed. This has to be true, as many of those on this mission, are ...

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Antigua 2017 – Audiology’s Week

Working together the Ear, Nose & Throat doctors, the Audiologists determined the best course of treatment for the patients referred to them. Some patients ended up having surgery, while others were sent to Audiology for other treatments to help those with hearing loss. The Audiology team brought with them 150 hearing aids - some were donations, some bought, others refurbished. As of Friday evening, of the 185 patients seen, 140 hearing aids had been placed by Thursday evening. Children receive two, while adults get one, which help spread the supply out to as many as ...

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Antigua 2017 – Photo Gallery

Big thank you to Jessie Bennetts our volunteer mission photographer! Here is a photo gallery documenting the amazing work accomplished by the Antigua Team so far:  

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Antigua 2017 – Prime Directive

Surgeries have been steady and successful all week. From Sunday full clinic day, and a few screenings over the first few days of the week, the surgery schedule was filled out with 116 surgeries planned through Friday. As of the end of day, Wednesday, sixty-three surgeries between Urology and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) had been completed. Based on post-surgery rounds, doctors have reported that patients have had no major recovery issues, healing nicely. Monday’s surgeries primarily were for children and adults needing tonsils removed. There were nineteen patients. These ...

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Antigua 2017 – Meet Terra!

Meet Terra Hill, from Kansas City, Kansas. Terra is a second year medical student at the University of Kansas, and is also a first time mission participant. She recently shared with me how she learned of Medical Missions Foundation and the Antigua, Guatemala mission trip, and how she found a creative method to finance her way here.   Terra ran across news of the mission trip on an ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) interest group chat. The news was posted by Pam Nicklaus, MD, a long-time Medical Missions Foundation volunteer mission coordinator.   Terra's ...

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Antigua 2017 – Screening Clinic & Playing

The first day at the hospital on these mission trips is busy for all the different teams, whether audiology, surgical or art. Today was no different. As often happens, the family of the “patient,” comes to Antigua, from their village, whatever the distance. The open-aired hallways of the hospital, which are lined with chairs, end up completely filled with people, patiently waiting their turn to be screened by the surgical, audiology and/or anesthesia teams. The art team assists in making this day a little easier for everyone, by providing activities and entertainment ...

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Antigua 2017 – Success Story in Audiology

After a long day of screening patients yesterday in Audiology, it was time to close shop and head back to the hotel, for some dinner and rest. That was the plan, until just after the last rooms were locked up, a mother and her young daughter came around the corner and towards a couple of members of the Audiology team. The mother was persistent about her daughter, Emily, getting looked at right then, as they had a long drive to their home. Emily showed behaviors of having some developmental delays, which mom confirmed during the screening. Working to assess Emily, caused ...

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Antigua 2017 – Arrival in Antigua

Not exactly “Trains, Planes, and Automobiles,” but there were several connecting flights, as well as a harrowing van ride as we made our way to Antigua, Guatemala today, to begin a full week of medical support to individuals in need. Most of us started this day very early, waking up as early as 3:00 AM, to make sure we caught our early morning flights. With the exception of some storm clouds in the way in Kansas City, the trip went off without a hitch. It was great to have time getting acquainted or re-acquainted with team members as we traveled south together. ...

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Antigua 2017 – It’s our 20th mission!

It has been anticipated for so long, and now it’s almost here! Medical Mission Foundation’s annual mission trip to Antigua, Guatemala, begins this Saturday, June 17. Many preparations have been made for this trip’s success, starting as far back as the end of last year’s trip. Mission team leaders have assessed previous efforts, communicated with the staff at Las Obras del Hermano Pedro hospital in Antigua to determine their needs, and then sought out health care staff who would be willing and able to meet those needs. It is truly an amazing effort by those who take ...

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Antigua 2016 – Day 7, Let’s Hear It For Audiology!

Meet Anyeli, an 8 year old girl who lives in Antigua, has struggled with moderate hearing loss all her life. We first heard about her from her teacher, Judy, who runs a school for children with physical and intellectual disabilities. According to Judy, Anyeli was an intelligent, expressive young girl who was struggling to develop language. From the moment we met her, we knew she was an exceptional girl. She was fit with two hearing aids on Tuesday and the effect was apparent immediately; her smile expressed all we had hoped for. We expect her speech to develop steadily ...

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