San Lucas Toliman – Wednesday

Right Place at the Right Time This morning proved to be quite a dramatic one, and could have had a very different outcome had the Medical Missions Foundation team not been right where they were when needed. Lisa Dinse related this story to me, as she was involved with it primarily from start to finish.   During morning preparations for surgery Rachel (our nurse practitioner) had gone downstairs to do rounds with Dr. Alley and Dr. Peterson. Rachel is fluent in Spanish, so it is exceptional to be able to have her there to translate and communicate with patients ...

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Café with Pablo (Coffee with Pablo)

Meet our dear friend Pablo Santizo. Pablo is the first person we see when we arrive at the hospital in San Lucas. For 22 years Pablo has selflessly served and hosted groups that come here to treat the good people of San Lucas and surrounding areas. Pablo is one of the first people that I, personally, am excited to see when we arrive. You will soon learn why. He is a remarkable person, indeed.   Pablo Santizo is the oldest of 9 children. When he was young, he developed tetanus and they told his parents he would be paralyzed or have medical issues all of his ...

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San Lucas Toliman 2015, Tuesday

Hola! This morning on the way up to the hospital I got several good photographs of the homes and streets of San Lucas, as well as some of the people of the town. It is enjoyable seeing the children as they walk to school. They smile and say, “Buenos Dias!” We ask if we can take their photo and they agree, but they laugh and hide their faces, acting shy and embarrassed. It is so adorable. They are very sweet and gracious, always saying “Gracias!” and waving as we part. Today the Medical Missions Foundation San Lucas team performed another ...

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San Lucas Toliman 2015 – Monday

Today was Operating Room Day 1. We completed thirteen surgeries! The team worked together beautifully and everyone remarked how effortless it seemed to work with each other. From the grounds outside the hospital where the families waited for their loved ones, making crafts and playing Frisbee, the pre-operative area where they were prepped for surgery, the operating room itself, and the post-operative recovery, everything ran smoothly and went well. The team showed amazing flexibility, coming together so well when they had never worked together before. We have several ...

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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 ...

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