All in the Family

Family is one of the most important things to the people in San Lucas. Families who come with their loved ones, receiving an operation, wait outside the hospital for hours and sometime almost all day, until they know they are okay. Coming from a big, close-knit family, it warms my heart to be immersed in a culture where family is valued. Our Medical Mission team has been blessed this year by the service of the Miller Family. The Miller family, including Mark, his wife Jeanette and their two daughters Sarah Grace and Lois, have been wonderful to get to know and work ...

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San Lucas 2019- We All Have Something To Give

“I have been experiencing pain for about 12 years,” Gaspar told me in regards to his hernia he was having surgery for today. As we talked while he waited for his surgery, he told me about how the hernia had impacted him and his family’s lives. Hernias are common in men Gaspar’s age and even younger, because of the heavy lifting and carrying required by those who work in the coffee fields. Due to the pain the hernia caused, Gaspar could no longer stay working in the coffee fields, causing him to switch jobs. He said the pay working in the coffee fields was ...

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Breaking Barriers

“I can do things you cannot do, you can do things I cannot do, together we can do great things.” -Mother Teresa I can’t think of a better way this quote is represented than by the collaboration of the translators and medical team. This week we get to work with translators Abram and Enma, as well as Sulamita. Sulamita is a part of our team, and her bilingual skills and talents ensure that everything at patient registration runs smoothly.   The translators work with the medical team to better communication for the patients. They relay patient questi...

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San Lucas 2019 – Day One

Welcome to day one of the 10th anniversary San Lucas Medical Missions adventure. Our volunteer team, as well as the hospital staff, started the day ready to serve all who came to the hospital. Our medical team prepared for the first stretch of surgeries. The schedule so far has 80 surgeries, ...

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San Lucas 10 Year Anniversary Trip!

And so it begins again… On Friday the advanced team arrived in Guatemala, two of the “original crew” are still part of the team! Dr. John Alley has been part of the original Medical Missions Foundation team and has performed over 800 surgeries in San Lucas. But, if you consider all the lives he has improved and the lessons learned from all the volunteers, his impact has been much greater.  We thank Dr. Alley for his hard work and his love for the people of San Lucas Toliman. He even calls San Lucas his second home and measures his time through the ...

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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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