Lip and Palate Surgeries

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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Assessment Day

The rest of the team arrived in Guatemala City late Friday night but they didn’t rest long. Everybody was up and loaded on the bus to Huehue by 5 a.m. I cannot relay how the 5-hour trek was because this blogger took a Dramamine and doesn’t remember much after that. By noon, we were at…

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Diego

Families go to great lengths to access care through the Iowa MOST mission in the western highlands of Guatemala. Diego, the 13 year old uncle, carefully carried his one year old nephew in for his procedure. The baby’s mother who speaks a Mayan dialect came too with her younger child. Because Diego understands Spanish he was…

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Father-Son Team

Medical director of Iowa MOST, Dr. John Canady and son Frank Canady, a senior at Grinnell College who will begin medical school at the University of Iowa in the fall, had the opportunity to experience Iowa MOST together for the first time in 2014. Dr. Canady, an ear, nose and throat–plastic surgery specialist, has been…

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Dr. Dan and Microscope

Ear nose and throat specialist Dr. Dan Jorgensen, an Iowa MOST team member, donated an operating microscope to the Salus hospital for on-going use.  The equipment may be used as it is here by Dr. Jorgensen to evaluate ears and insert ear tubes.  in addition it may be used for wound closures and colposcopies.  Nurse…

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