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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Antigua 2016 – Day 6, Casa de Fe

In the sanctuary of Casa de Fe, our patients are able to recover and receive extra TLC before heading home. Many of our patients have walked to Antigua and need to physically prepare for the trek home. One family with whom we have spoken walked for three days from their home on the Guatemalan border of El Salvador to come to our clinic. At Casa de Fe, our medical staff makes rounds to monitor patients’ postoperative status, and the support staff volunteers bring crafts and movies, fold clean laundry, and help prepare food in the kitchen.

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Antigua 2016 – Day 5, Changing Lives One Day at a Time

The Ear, Nose, and Throat team includes a resident physician from Kansas University. She was able to remove a cyst from this patient and tremendously improve the quality of his life. There are also three medical students with us who are shadowing surgeons in the operating room this week. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela

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Antigua 2016 – Day 4, V is for Victor(y)

Victor Quintero is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and is returning for the 8th time to Antigua this year. He has been on 13 missions with Medical Mission Foundation, including operations in Cuba, Panama, Mexico, and the Philippines. He is fluent in Spanish, as his parents are from Cuba, and during his earlier trips was the only person who could interpret for the team. He spent most of his time helping in small rural village clinics instead of the operating room. Victor became involved with mission work when an orthopedic surgeon from North Kansas City Hospital ...

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Antigua 2016 – Day 3, Language and Love

Our team is fortunate to have several people who are able to interpret for the medical staff. Robert and Raquel Brewer have been essential to our team’s success. They have been married for 42 years, and both of them are passionate about language. They met in graduate school and both speak Spanish, Portuguese, and French.   Raquel has been an interpreter for more than 30 years, and since Robert retired from computer programming three years ago, he has been following his heart. Last year, he arrived with three of his classmates from the Berkeley Community ...

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Antigua 2016 – Day 2, Celebrating 35 years of Compassionate Care

  Our hospital, Obras Sociales del Santo Hermano Pedro, is celebrating their 35th birthday this week. Every department has decorated an area of the hospital as part of a contest, and our working environment could not be more beautiful this year. Fray Carlos René Portillo Arévalo, Odra, and Anabela welcomed all of us on Sunday and invited us to join in the commemorative celebration this week. They also updated us on the construction status of their new building, Virgin de Soccorro. It was anticipated that the hospital’s permanent residents, many of whom are ...

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Antigua 2016 – Day 1, Art for the Children

Our art team members are some of the busiest Medical Mission Foundation volunteers. Throughout the year, the team collects craft supplies, games, and puzzles to occupy patients and their family members during their wait in the clinic or during a loved one’s surgery. This group often includes family members of our physicians and medical support staff. However, everyone likes to get into the act and make connections with the beautiful people of this community. Our new and returning surgical nurses were even able to join in on the fun for opening day!   Jewelry ...

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Antigua 2016 Team Leaders

Eric and Renee Weissend and Sylvia Fendler have arrived in Antigua and are preparing for the Medical Mission Foundation Antigua team's arrival tomorrow.  ¡Hasta pronto!

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Sharing the Love

Here are two links to videos made at Las Obras.  We wanted to share the love.  The  wheelchair dance move melts my heart every time I watch it.  ¡Disfrútenlos!   Vimeo: Hermano Pedro Feliz: https://vimeo.com/98771773  YouTube: Las Obras Anniversary Celebration: https://youtu.be/s3smkSz4VmE

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Uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, seis…

Medical Missions Foundation had a very productive week in Antigua, and our team was fortunate to have two members tracking our progress.  Kelsey O'Keefe and Mike Hicks, representing Cerner's First Hand Foundation,  kept us current with daily updates,  Here are the final numbers. Kelsey O'Keefe keeping track of patient numbers with Molly Miller, P.A.  

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