Author: Thais Winkleblack

Safety and Flexibility

Safety and Flexibility. The most important watchword of the Iowa MOST mission is Safety.  After Safety comes the importance of Flexibility. So what happens when a hopeful individual appears in the midst of the week after patients have already been screened and placed on the schedule for surgery?  Such a situation arose this week as it…

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La Escuela de las Nubes

Today some of the Iowa MOST team members did outreach while the final surgeries were done at Hospital de Especialdades.  The journey requires a couple of 4-wheel drive pickup trucks, supplies of fluoride treatment and deworming medication, the Rotary spirit of “Service Above Self”, and a little taste for adventure. A few years ago, the…

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A Journey of Hope

It began with a text.  An aunt sees a poster for this year’s Iowa MOST mission and wonders if it might help her nephew. She texts a photo of the poster to the parents.  They call the number on the poster and talk with local Rotarian David Ramos. He encourages them to come.  They leave…

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Built to Last

  The 15th Year The first day of surgeries is kicking off here in Huehuetenango!  2020 is the 15th anniversary of Iowa MOST.  We have been reflecting on the many people who have contributed to our success over the years.  We are grateful for all those who have come before us.  We are also lucky…

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Screening Day 2020!

There is nothing like screening day.  Many say it is their favorite day even though it is often the longest day of the week.  It is humbling to see parents, grandparents, sisters and brothers waiting patiently to have an opportunity to receive medical care. Some of the children have never been to the hospital before….

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Better Vision in 2020

We are excited to say that Iowa MOST in 2020 includes a cataract mission!  The need for cataract surgery here is clear. Several years ago Huehuetenango Rotary Club member Dr. Solorzano and Juan Francisco Fernandez, Executive Director of Casa Colibri brought the suggestion to team leader Deb Dunkhase. The Rotary Wheel The success of the…

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Paying It Forward

Iowa MOST 2018 was a successful trip in many different ways: maintaining the perfect record of the mission in terms of zero fatalities, which Medical Director John Canady always emphasizes as the most important statistic of the mission; 57 medical procedures at Salus 1 including cleft lip and palate surgeries, tonsilletomies, tubes, obturators, dental extractions,…

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Building Brighter Futures Together

There are so many people we meet here who touch our lives and offer their trust and friendship so that their child has an opportunity to receive medical help.  One very special kid is Fernand0–he certainly has a special place in our hearts. Fernando’s father, Ricardo, is a nurse at a private hospital in Guatemala…

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Reconstructing Lives

The Iowa MOST team is 2 days into surgeries, and there have been a wide variety of needs: tooth extractions, obturators (when the palate cannot be closed), cleft lip, cleft palate, tubes in ears, and a tonsillectomy.  Many kids with cleft lip/palate have ENT (Ears, Nose, Throat) needs. The team works together closely, assessing our…

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Screening day-2018

We are excited to start posting about the 2018 Iowa MOST mission!  Most of the team arrived on Thursday around 9 p.m. after a long day of travel by plane and by bus. Friday was a day of organization and preparation and things went smoothly enough to allow most of the team a few free…

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