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 – A Matter of Trust

“I’m not scared at all.”   The quiet confidence of Tulsa Bai underscores the faith and trust placed in the team from Medical Missions Foundation. I spoke with Bai as she waited for surgery.  She wore a serene smile on her face; her hands calmly resting on her medical records ready to present to the operating room nurse.   Bai has suffered from painful kidney stones over the past four years. But she didn’t have the courage to take care of it until three women from her village of Sandiya had the same operation last year and urged her ...

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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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Uganda 2018 – A Vision of Sister Carmel

Thursday is always the hardest day. The adrenaline of being in a new place has long ago worn and we still haven’t fully adjusted to the eight-hour time change. The cumulative sleep deprivation coupled with hours of standing and concentrating and working have taken their toll. So there are fewer people waiting for the breakfast line to open at 6 am and the first bus to Lacor leaves at least fifteen minutes late.   And everyone is on the verge of tears.   I woke up reluctantly at 5:30 and looked at my phone. The smart people don’t check email and ...

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Uganda 2018 – One Angel Among Many

It was Tuesday, right in the middle of it all. When we were still screening patients and when surgeries were going strong. Turnover was rapid. There wasn’t much time to put on a lab coat, change shoes, find Bobbi or Erica, and get outside. In order to reach the exam rooms we had to squeeze past a table of nursing student and several benches of waiting patients.   Each time I walked by that morning a boy who looked about seven years old stuck his hand out to shake mine. Every time. Waiting with his arm out. He’d smile when I said good morning and played ...

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Uganda 2018 – Making a Difference, One Garbage Bag At a Time

They roam the hospital and you see them everywhere you go. Older men clutching their small black garbage bags. If you wear a Medical Missions lanyard, they ask if you can help with their problem. The common malady they all share is an enlarged prostate which prevents them from being able to urinate properly. The bag inside the garbage bag contains urine and the men walk around with catheters all day long. They all beg not to have to carry their garbage bag any longer.   Dr. Brandon Pomeroy is here to do something for these men. His case load this week is full of ...

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