Katerin’s Smile

Since the moment Katerin came into the hospital, she won everyone over with her smile. She seemed so joyful, giggling every time someone stopped to remark on how cute she was. Katerin had her lip repaired in surgery today, closing the gap where the left and right sides of her face failed to join together…

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Meet Martine, Our Genetic Researcher

Martine Dunnwald is a research assistant professor at the University of Iowa. She studies the causes of cleft lips and palates. She’s on the trip collecting data from patients and their families, all in an effort to understand more about clefts. “Ultimately, we want to be able to find a cure for the defect, but…

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Healing for Gerny

Day 1 of Surgery: Healing for Gerny Remember this little dude? Well his name is Gerny.  He is 14 months old and was our first patient today. (I use the term “our” very loosely here as this trip has taught me that blogging is rarely a skill needed in surgery.) Dr. John worked to connect…

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New Blog Site Continues the Iowa MOST Story

To read current news about Iowa MOST in Guatemala, please go to our new location at  iowamost.wordpress.com.  Also see our Iowa MOST Facebook page.

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Assessment Day

The rest of the team arrived in Guatemala City late Friday night but they didn’t rest long. Everybody was up and loaded on the bus to Huehue by 5 a.m. I cannot relay how the 5-hour trek was because this blogger took a Dramamine and doesn’t remember much after that. By noon, we were at…

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A Series of Unfortunate Events, or How Ice in Dallas Delayed Our Plans

Well, nobody said it would be easy.  If you checked in on the blog to see pictures of Guatemalan kiddos who would soon be served by our health care professionals, you’ll have to check back tomorrow. The Iowa contingents arrived at the airports yesterday to find an icy morning in Dallas would mean our connections…

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A Bit of a Delay

Not everything goes as planned and hoped.  Weather related issues have caused a flight cancelation for Iowa travelers going to Dallas.  Everything is pushed back.  There is hope for a better tomorrow.

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Gratitude to All

As we embark on our tenth mission of Iowa MOST, we want to express our gratitude to the following organizations and people who have helped us to organize this year’s endeavor. DHL Global Forwarding for donation of the shipping of our supplies to Guatemala.  We appreciate our long-time relationship and the generosity shown to us. Knowledge…

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The WHOLE Team – A thank you to our partner supporters!

Iowa MOST appreciates the support of its team members, but there are other players whose patronage also makes the mission a success.  A large debt of gratitude goes to: Contributing District 6000 Rotary clubs, for annual financial donations that help to sustain this district project; Hospital Salus and its employees, for the use of the hospital and…

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Diego

Families go to great lengths to access care through the Iowa MOST mission in the western highlands of Guatemala. Diego, the 13 year old uncle, carefully carried his one year old nephew in for his procedure. The baby’s mother who speaks a Mayan dialect came too with her younger child. Because Diego understands Spanish he was…

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