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.  

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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India 2019 – Namaste

The traditional greeting of India literally means the divine in me recognizes the divine in you. Our team in India will be saying that a lot in the coming week.   After months of recruiting, planning and most recently packing, Team India is ready to head to Bhopal, India for Medical Missions Foundation’s fourth mission to India. We will again partner with Sewa Sadan Eye Hospital - if it were not for our incredibly generous hosts, this mission would not be possible.   During this mission we will provide much needed surgical care to the people of ...

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India 2018 – Find Your Gift and Give It Away

The folded sheet of paper was titled “Teresa’s Jumbled Thoughts.” During one of our final group breakfasts at the guest house in Bhopal, I had asked Teresa Von Hagel, RN, to share her impressions from the week. The following evening she handed me the paper, apologizing for her writing, even though it was beautiful, because it came from her heart. She shared a quote that’s displayed prominently in her home:   “The purpose of life is to find your gift and give it away.”   That quote captures the spirit of the work performed by Medical Missions ...

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India 2018 – We’re Heading Home (Not)

After the windstorm, which blanketed green wheat fields with a dusty, gritty fog, and after the rainstorm that pounded our bus—the flimsy wipers were no match for the windshield waterfall obscuring our driver’s view—Brandon Pommeroy, MD, received a somewhat stormy text (at least to us).   “Our flight has been canceled,” he said.   We were supposed to fly home that night, and we were halfway through a bumpy four-hour ride to our hotel after a hurried visit to the Taj Mahal. The collective reaction in the bus seemed to be... Damn. Everyone ...

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Meet our Spectacular Nurses

Nurses are awesome. This week in Bhopal, the mission’s ten nurses did what nurses do: perform critical skills at an extremely high level while showing tenderness, strength, patience, and passion. This online spotlight is our small way of saying thank you.

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India 2018 – Our Favorite Photos

These are some of the memorable faces and scenes from the mission in Bhopal. Click on a photo for a larger image and to scroll through them all:

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