Lip and Palate Surgeries

Screening Day with Los Ninos

Thoughts from Chris Knapp, District 6000 Governor Elect What a fantastic day!  The weather was cool and the sky clear. We arrived at the hospital shortly before 8:00 am.  As we walked up to the entrance of the hospital, we began to walk through a crowd of men, women and children.  There must have been 20 or…

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Iowa MOST Experience from District 6000 Rotarian DG Elect

Friday morning was our first Breakfast together as a team. Dr. John Canady, our Medical Team Leader briefed us on what our day will be like, unpacking the supplies from last year, and acquainting ourselves with layout of the new hospital renovation. The private hospital where Iowa MOST operates has added two new surgical rooms,…

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Miles of Smiles Team Arrives in Huehuetenango!

It all started on Thursday morning, February 4th, when alarm clocks around Iowa City began to go off at 2:00 am in the morning. 28 people jumped out of bed, finished their packing and headed to the Eastern Iowa Airport to catch a 5:30 Delta flight to Atlanta. Once at the airport this group of…

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Adios, Gary!

Gary Pacha has served as the Iowa MOST Team Leader for the past ten years exemplifying the “Rotary Serving Humanity” theme of the upcoming year. This year Gary will step back from the annual cleft missions to Huehuetenango. Though he won’t be on the flight out of Cedar Rapids with the rest of the team…

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Iowa MOST 2016 Countdown to Guatemala

In just two days, the 2016 Iowa MOST team will be headed to Huehuetenango, Guatemala!  This year’s team of 42 very dedicated and generous individuals will spend Feb 4th to 14th changing the lives of dozens of children who currently face each day with the severe challenges of being born with cleft lip or palate. …

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Pablo’s Return

This week, a woman carried her 1-year-old son into the hospital. In her hand was this well-worn card. The card was a promise for the future – a promise she had held on to for the past year. Dr. John gave it to Tomasa almost exactly one year ago. When she came to last year’s…

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Inside the Operating Room

Warning: surgery pictures may be graphic. Today I got to do one of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced – watch a surgery inside an operating room. I got to see doctors put the pieces of an incomplete lip back together, insert a tube into an ear, and close an opening that had formed in…

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Katerin’s Smile

Since the moment Katerin came into the hospital, she won everyone over with her smile. She seemed so joyful, giggling every time someone stopped to remark on how cute she was. Katerin had her lip repaired in surgery today, closing the gap where the left and right sides of her face failed to join together…

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Healing for Gerny

Day 1 of Surgery: Healing for Gerny Remember this little dude? Well his name is Gerny.  He is 14 months old and was our first patient today. (I use the term “our” very loosely here as this trip has taught me that blogging is rarely a skill needed in surgery.) Dr. John worked to connect…

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New Blog Site Continues the Iowa MOST Story

To read current news about Iowa MOST in Guatemala, please go to our new location at  iowamost.wordpress.com.  Also see our Iowa MOST Facebook page.

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