Miracle of Maricela

Here are photos showing four-year old Maricela with her mother on screening day, Monday, April 7, 2008, & on the very next day: Maricela’s operation in progress & being completed by surgeons Drew Dillard & Antonio Rosal Alvarez, Maricela being held by Pat Plohman in recovery and then reunited with her parents while Emily Berglund…

Read More

Gratitude in Guatemala

Wednesday, April 9, 2008 ~ A Story from the Dental Team Perhaps the most difficult part of the Iowa MOST medical mission in Xela has been having to make decisions to turn people away; to say no to their requests for reconstructive surgery, because they are too young to undergo anesthesia, have respiratory problems that…

Read More

Tuesday, April 8, 2008 ~ First Day of Surgeries

Surgeries were done throughout the day… then the patients were taken to the recovery room & soon reunited with their families. Watch for details ~ coming soon ~ especially, the amazing story of Maricela.

Read More

Monday in Xela ~ April 7, 2008 ~ Screening Day

With no opportunity to set up supplies & equipment on Sunday afternoon, the Iowa team rose extra early and trekked along the bustling street filled with hurtling, colorful, crowded buses, vans & other vehicles spewing diesel fumes, then up over the pedestrian overpass, past tortilla stands, and through the hospital grounds gates and a maze…

Read More

Screening Day Begins with Information Charting

April 7, 2008 ~ Screening Day in Xela As families crowded around the door of the intake room, the staff began inviting the prospective candidates for surgery in to have their photos taken (Mindy Bowen), have weight & height checks done (Dee Grems), be checked for fever and respiratory problems (Emily Berglund), and get information…

Read More

Screening includes Height & Weight Checks

April 7, 2008 ~ Heights & weights are checked by the intake staff.

Read More

Charting Information, Checking Respiration

April 7. 2008Screening Day in Xela

Read More

Surgeon’s Evaluation

April 7, 2008 ~ Screening Day in Xela Each prospective candidate (almost always a child brought by family) was examined by the surgeons John Canady, Drew Dillman and Jodi Jones. Sal Danial provided invaluable assistance translating the surgeons’ assessment to the parents.

Read More

Anesthesiologists’ Assessment

April 7, 2008 ~ Screening Day in XelaIf a child or an adult was determined by the MOST surgeons to be a candidate for cleft lip/palate surgery, the family was directed to the anesthesiologist team of Jim Schuh and Chandra Beals, who were well-assisted with translations by Lael Stander.

Read More

Pediatricians’ Examination

April 7, 2008 ~ Screening Day in Xela Pete Wallace and Oscar Gomez examined patients for their overall health, and in one case, admitted a severely malnourished baby into the hospital for immediate care. Maru Danials provided skillful translating assistance for this team.

Read More

1 21 22 23 24 25