Building Relationships

Dr. Terry Chaffee and his wife, Becca, have been involved with Medical Missions Foundation for six years.  Terry is on Team Anesthesiology and Becca coordinates the Art Team ambassadors.  On a trip four years ago, Becca met Claudia, a patient living at Casa de Fe recovering from an accident.  After being hit by a car and left on the side of the road to die, she lost one leg, and the use of one arm.  She was recuperating alone at Casa de Fe for several months as her two children and grandparents lived in a village almost three hours away.  Becca befriended her, and ...

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Write On!

Meet Micah, the Medical Scribe for Team Urology.  At home in Oklahoma, Micah works double duty as a barista at Second Wind coffee shop in Norman, and as a Medical Scribe and Quality Assurance Specialist at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City.  There, he follows emergency room physicians and codes all the pertinent patient information in the electronic medical record.  Here in Antigua, he is transcribes using a system that is similar to the one that was used in our hospitals fifty years ago.  The urologists tell their OR nurse, Gloria, what information needs to go into the ...

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Gracious Guatemalans

The people of Guatemala have given our team such a warm welcome into their country. Yesterday afternoon a patient returned to the hospital to personally give one of our urologists, Dr. Marc Milsten, a few gifts to thank him for his service. This figures shown are to bring him luck for his dining table and car. Our doctors have been very impressed with how tough the people here are, and how well they handle their surgeries with far less pain relief than we have in the United States. Many of our Art Team members have also made several new friends and received dozens of hugs ...

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OR Buzz

The OR is a beehive of activity.  The surgical teams completed over 40 cases on Monday, about 20 cases on Tuesday, and at least that many today.  Our 25 tonsillectomy patients stayed overnight before heading to Casa de Fe to recover.  Many of the younger patients were eager to leave the hospital before they were ready, so Sam, our very popular volunteer and guardian of the Connect Four game, was recruited to entertain them in the recovery room.  The operating rooms are running smoothly, and the students continue to shadow and express their enthusiasm for the types of ...

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Let’s Hear It For Audiology!

The Audiology team is joined by five students and five interpreters from Berkeley City College interpretation program.  The team sees children, adolescents and adults.  Many of the adults have a hearing deficit as a result of being near an explosion or gunfire.  Children often experience an infection or birth injury which leads to deafness, and some have inherited disorders, the origin of which will never be determined.  The team assesses each patient’s hearing loss, makes molds of their ears, and manufactures hearing aids on the spot.  Afterwards, patients receive ...

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Volunteer Vets

Although our team has many new members on our mission this year, several volunteers are returning again from multiple years of experience. Kelsey Cole returns for her fourth trip and has been able to see the evolution of this program over the years. Kelsey came to Antigua on her first trip when she was just 16 years old with a friend from church. She began as a member of our Art Team, focusing on playing and doing crafts with the children waiting to get surgery and the ones who were in recovery. She has noticed between this trip and her first year our group as a whole is ...

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Residents of Las Obras

Meet Wendy!  Wendy is a resident at Las Obras and gave our team a very warm welcome on our tour of the hospital today. Wendy has lived at the hospital for the past 29 years and used to refer to everyone as “Pa-pa” when she first met them, not quite understanding everyone had their own name. Since then, Wendy has learned how to introduce herself, ask others to share their names, and is not shy to offer her approval. Unfortunately, her approval does not come easily. She liked only a few names out of our group of about 20 missionaries that got to meet her today. I ...

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Meet Our Students

Today the operating rooms were up and running at full capacity.  The Funniest Scrubs Contest  is now underway!  Because this mission is known as the teaching trip, surgeons have medical students shadowing them in the OR.  This year, four students from KU School of Medicine are following the surgical team.  Connor, Tyler and Weston have just finished their first year, and Amanda has completed her second. In addition to the beginning of our week of care comes the end of the hospital’s anniversary celebration.  A special morning mass was held in the church ...

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Antigua 2015, Sunday, June 21

          The Medical Missions Foundation team of 68 volunteers arrived at Las Obras Hospital bright and early on Father’s Day morning to get ready for our mission. We were welcomed by the new director, Father Carlos Portillo, as well as Odra, the OR director, and Anabella, their secretary.  We arrived on the last day of Las Obras’ 34th anniversary celebration.   In addition to commemorating three and a half decades of care, the staff is also excited about their new facility, Virgen Socorro Hogar de Niños y Adultos Especiales.  They anticipate opening and ...

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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 ...

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