Lip and Palate Surgeries
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.
Meeting & greeting & reuniting & boarding… Cedar Rapids to Dallas, then Guatemala City… ETA 8 p.m.! Tomorrow, the team will arrive in Xela for unpacking & getting set up for surgery screening on Monday. Go Team!
Don Ambrosio ~ (84 yrs. old) ~ after his surgery. He said thank you for himself & also for the children who would never have to live their lives in isolation as he had been forced to do, because they had the opportunity for corrective surgery.