Lip and Palate Surgeries

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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Fundacion Salvacion – an orphanage in Huehuetenango

This post is to introduce a humanitarian project to you that runs under the sponsorship of our local Rotarian friend, Dr. Cesar Temaj at the Salus I clinic: The “Fundacion Salvacion” is an orphanage just outside of Huehuetenango and serves as a transient or permanent shelter for orphans or otherwise abandoned people. Usually the family…

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Monday 2-4-19: A full day of surgeries

Today is a “full power” day. The team starts early and heads out to the hospital after a joint 6:30 breakfast & briefing. We have 7 surgical interventions under general anesthesia in our two operating rooms and 4 procedures in the dental clinic on the list. There are two little patients on the list who…

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Sunday 2-3-19: Let the surgeries begin!

Our Sunday starts with good news: The local Rotarian team was able to move a back-up anesthesia unit into the hospital and got it up and running, also we finally found suction containers in our supplies = Both of our OR’s are open for business! The surgery schedule for today lists 7 interventions – tonsillectomy,…

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Saturday 2/2/19 – Second screening day

Another beautiful day in Guatemala. Today we screened our second wave of patients and the diverse mixture of stories continued. Everybody loved that little Fernando returned with his parents. His father is a nurse and specifically sought out our mission for his son’s treatment. We have seen the family now for more than 6 years and…

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