Lip and Palate Surgeries

Hope for Care

Families make incredible sacrifice in the hopes of accessing care through the Iowa MOST mission.  The youngest patient served on this trip was 5 month old Francisco. His father brought him to be screened alone because the baby’s mother had become paralyzed after childbirth and could not travel. Little Francisco had no shortage of people who want to hug…

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Teamwork!

A mission like Iowa MOST relies on great teamwork!  Operating Room Nurses Jessica Wolfe, Pat Wehrle, Karla Garibay and Jen Oliver pause for a moment between cases.  Thank you for your commitment to our patients and families! Patients of Iowa MOST are primarily pediatric and the team working with the kids is experienced. Ready to welcome them are…

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MOST trip is family reunion with Huehue

It is tradition for the Rotary Club of Huehuetenango to host the Iowa MOST team for a special evening meeting.  This year the event was held at the home club president Otto Mont with opening remarks by club leaders.  MOST medical director John Canady shared that the mission’s return to Huehue is like a “family…

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Rotary District 6000 helps the area in other ways

During the week, Rotarians Gary Pacha, MOST team leader; District Governor Jacque Andrew and District Governor-elect John Ockenfels toured the Huehuetenango Fire Department. The District’s Fire and Medical Supply Company (FAMSCO) has partnered with the department through Rotary grants to purchase a completely outfitted ambulance and fire truck that are in service. Submitted by Jacque…

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Learning more about cleft lip and palate

A new aspect of the Iowa MOST team is the genetic research being conducted by Dr. Martine Dunnwald to learn more about cleft lip and palate. Here she is explaining the project to a family with instructions on the collection of saliva in the vials she is preparing. The tissue samples collected during surgeries allow…

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Patient teaching

All patients and families receive discharge instructions and teaching using native speaking interpreters for proper medication use and dietary precautions. Then sent on their way with lots of hugs from the team! Submitted by Jacque Andrew

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Popular Patients

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More on dentistry…

Dr. Bill Gates (yes his real name!) polishes an obturator for a young cleft patient. Yesterday a group from Iowa MOST took the dental “show” on the road to rural school near Huehuetenango using a song/skit to encourage brushing and oral care. Submitted by Jacque Andrew

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Precious…

These two patients Alan and Kresley touched our hearts! They have both been seen by the Iowa MOST team in previous years. Alan had a palate revision this year following a lip and palate repair in prior years. Kresley’s lip was repaired during this visit and her palate was repaired last year. Such “return visits” are not…

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Thank you, Hospital Salus and Dr. Marroquin

Thanks to Dr. Oscar Marroquin, pediatrician and co-owner of the Salus Hospital de Especialidades, (center) who in effect turns over his facility, including operating rooms, patient rooms and more, to the Iowa MOST team to ensure this necessary care is available. Team pediatricians Dr. Oscar Gomez, left, and Dr. Peter Wallace, both mission veterans provide…

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