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…
April 7, 2008 ~ Heights & weights are checked by the intake staff.
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.
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.
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.
Screening Day in Xela ~ April 8, 2008 Bill Olin, Bill LaVelle & Steve Hedlund teamed up for dental examinations, and were ably assisted with translations by Ruben Zuniga and Francisco (Paco) Fernandez.
April 7, 2008 ~ Screening Day in Xela Many families waited all day to be seen and then waited to hear whether their loved one would be selected to receive surgery, and when that surgery would take place. As the time between examinations and the announcement of the surgical schedule lengthened (as needed surgical equipment…
April 7, 2008 ~ Children waiting through the day for news of whether they would have surgery scheduled during the week that the Iowa Miles of Smiles Team would be doing lip/palate & dental surgeries in Xela.
April 7, 2008 ~ Children spent the day waiting with their families for their screening & then waiting to hear whether they would be selected for surgery.