The motto for this trip, which is posted on the door to our “Mission Control” is the phrase, Blessed are the flexible, for they shall never be bent out of shape.” Adherence to this motto was certainly important today. This was a wonderful day of surgery and recovery. The children all left the operating room…

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First day of surgery

This was the first day of surgery, after evaluations and scheduling yesterday. 7 surgeries were done today, with ages of patients ranging in age from 7 months to 15 years. Everything went well. Six stayed overnight because of the distance from home. Four of these all came together in one truck, and these four were…

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Screening Day, February 20

Today was “seeing patient” day! The group was very enthused and energetic, and the walk to the hospital went very quickly. Patients were already patiently waiting to be seen. To those of us who are new to this mission, it is humbling and amazing to see the trust that these people place in us. Out…

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fFrom Guatemala City to Quetzaltenango

We arose early this morning and started out to Quetzaltenango (Xela) about 7:30. It was a long, slow bus ride. We initially fought rush hour traffic, and discovered just how close two vehicles can actually get without pulling off a rear view mirror. Our trip went along the Pan American Highway, or Central American One….

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MOST team arrives in Guatemala City

Greetings, it is about 11:00 p.m., and the team has arrived at the hotel in Guatemala City. All of our connections went well, there is a wonderful spirit with the group, and we begin another day tomorrow very early. We have about a 5 hour bus ride to Xela tomorrow, and then the work begins….

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Continuity of Care What are the chances that a team like us, who has traveled thousands of miles to do surgery, would see a boy with a cleft lip and cleft palate born, then return a year later to repair his lip, and THEN return another year later to repair his palate? That is what…

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We did it! Thursday, February 19, 9:28pm. It doesn’t seem possible but we have just culminated a very successful mission here in Guatemala. Access to the Internet has been spotty so you will see some catch-up posts when we return. The team completed surgical procedures on 39 people, often with multiple procedures on a single…

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Monday, February 16, 2009. Today was our second day of surgery. We started at 7:30 am with our first little one in Dr. Canady’s room, Maricela Perez Morales. This is the second time we have seen Maricela. Last year in Xela (Quetzaltenango) the team repaired Maricela’s cleft lip. If you scroll down on this blog,…

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Passing It On~ Sunday, February 15, 2009 – First day of surgery. This was a very busy day, as most first days tend to be, with new surroundings and new team members getting accustomed to a new setting. One of the very special moments occurred when we were able to have our lead surgeon Dr….

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Arrival in Guatemala We have arrived! The entire team came together in Huehuetenango on Thursday, February 13th, another beautiful day in Guatemala. The Club Rotario de Huehuetenango hosted a wonderful luncheon at the home of Dr. Oscar Marroquin. The Rotarians and their families have provided us with a grand welcome and are true partners in…

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