Mateo Hernandaz, continued

Mateo Hernandaz was number three on the surgery schedule. He was wheeled from his room and his mom waited patiently at the doors of the operating hall, standing against the wall. Mateo’s surgery was straight-forward. He was going to have his cleft lip repaired now, and his parents were encouraged to come back in a…

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The story of Mateo Hernandaz

Monday, February 22, 2010 Mateo Hernandaz went home today, his future made brighter thanks to the donation of time, talents and money from many people both near and far. He was born ten months ago in Los Angeles, a very remote village in the area of Xoxlac, in the western mountains of Guatemala. He was…

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Order Out of Chaos

What we want to share with you today is a little about what we call Comnmand Central. Command Central is a room of 317 square feet on the third floor of this hospital. In this small room the following takes place: Coffee Lunch Storage: Countless necessary bottles of water for all staff; all office supplies;…

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Another Way Most has Changed A Life

Today a young boy, Anderson (age 1 1/2) was scheduled for surgery. Anderson had spent the night at the hospital in preparation for today’s surgery. While doing his last minute checkup, the nurse heard a heart murmur. This was verified by the pediatrician. For his safety and health, Anderson’s surgery was postponed. But MOST feels…

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We did feel the earth

This is just a quick note. For those of you who may have heard through the news, we did feel tremors from an earthquake today. The first tremor we felt woke some of us up about 5:00 a.m., and then two more forceful ones were felt about 9:00 a.m. and 9:15a.m. Obviously we were scared,…

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The day started out on a happy note. Oscar, the gentleman who wasn’t able to make his appointment yesterday because he couldn’t afford the bus ride, was able to find the funds to make the trip today. We were all elated, but especially the dentists. In the morning they made an impression of his upper…

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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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