Lip and Palate Surgeries
April 7, 2008 ~ Screening Day in Xela Each prospective candidate (almost always a child brought by family) was examined by the surgeons John Canady, Drew Dillman and Jodi Jones. Sal Danial provided invaluable assistance translating the surgeons’ assessment to the parents.
April 7, 2008 ~ Screening Day in XelaIf a child or an adult was determined by the MOST surgeons to be a candidate for cleft lip/palate surgery, the family was directed to the anesthesiologist team of Jim Schuh and Chandra Beals, who were well-assisted with translations by Lael Stander.
April 7, 2008 ~ Screening Day in Xela Pete Wallace and Oscar Gomez examined patients for their overall health, and in one case, admitted a severely malnourished baby into the hospital for immediate care. Maru Danials provided skillful translating assistance for this team.
Screening Day in Xela ~ April 8, 2008 Bill Olin, Bill LaVelle & Steve Hedlund teamed up for dental examinations, and were ably assisted with translations by Ruben Zuniga and Francisco (Paco) Fernandez.
April 7, 2008 ~ Screening Day in Xela Many families waited all day to be seen and then waited to hear whether their loved one would be selected to receive surgery, and when that surgery would take place. As the time between examinations and the announcement of the surgical schedule lengthened (as needed surgical equipment…
April 7, 2008 ~ Children waiting through the day for news of whether they would have surgery scheduled during the week that the Iowa Miles of Smiles Team would be doing lip/palate & dental surgeries in Xela.
April 7, 2008 ~ Children spent the day waiting with their families for their screening & then waiting to hear whether they would be selected for surgery.
Patchwork quilts of vegetable fields… onions, cabbages being harvested on the steep slopes & in the narrow valleys… Small villages with poor housing… Bananas, sugar cane, fruit stands… misty valleys of conifers… so many eco-systems on the long winding drive to the highlands of Guatemala. In mid-afternoon, the team arrived in Quezaltenango (Xela) & then…
Sunday breakfast with our generous benefactors, Sal & Maru Danial, Trustees of the Samir D. Gergis Charitable Trust. And then, the Miles of Smiles Team boards the bus for the long, scenic drive to Xela.. . viewing high mountains & breathtaking steep misty valleys along the way.