2017 Guatemala City, Guatemala

Feb 22, 2017

Day one and two: Travel to and Pre-Clinic in Guatemala City

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Late on the evening of Sunday February 19th, most of the team gathers at San Francisco International airport eagerly anticipating the begining of the mission. Team members are delighted to meet friends... Read More »

Feb 23, 2017

Days Three and Four: Rest day and First day of surgery.

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Day Three was originally supposed to be the first day of surgery. However, the long delay in getting our medical equipment out of airport customs required the Mission Director to modify the schedule. The t... Read More »

Feb 24, 2017

Day Five: Second Day of Surgery

Guatemala City, Guatemala

The second day of surgery begins with the team doctors checking on their patients in the post operation ward. All of yesterday’s patients are doing remarkably well and most of them are happily playing wi... Read More »

Feb 25, 2017

Day Six: Third Day of Surgery

Guatemala City, Guatemala

A patient who was operated yesterday models the “movie star” sunglasses she was given this morning in the post operation ward. The morning begins with the team boarding the bus at 6:20 AM for our ride ... Read More »

Feb 26, 2017

Day 7: Fourth Day of Surgery

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Today, we are very challenged by having seven members of the team incapacitated with what acts like stomach flu. We were fortunate, however, in having the son and daughter of two of our local team members ... Read More »

Feb 27, 2017

Day 8: Fifth Day of Surgery

Guatemala City, Guatemala

We were blessed today by having the team back up to full strength. Those who were ill yesterday were able to return to the hospital. Although they were feeling a bit weak, they carried on like troopers.... Read More »

Feb 28, 2017

Day Nine: Sixth Day of Surgery.

Guatemala City, Guatemala

The ninth day of our mission begins with what by now has become a familiar pattern. However we know that once we get to the hospital patients and events will make the day anything but routine. We board the... Read More »

Mar 1, 2017

Day Ten: Seventh Day of Surgery.

Guatemala City, Guatemala

This morning when we arrived to the hospital, we found the lobby of the operating room decorated with red balloons. On the wall, a banner and heart-shaped poster conveyed a warm message of gratitude from t... Read More »

Mar 5, 2017

Days Eleven and Twelve: Post Clinic Day and Farewell

Guatemala City, Guatemala

As is customary on the last day of the mission, today the doctors conducted the final post-operation examinations. All of the patients that returned to be evaluated were doing remarkably well. It was parti... Read More »

View All
Latest From Around The World
Jun 18, 2017

Thank you and goodnight

Arusha, Tanzania

[Pictured, L-R (top): Alirameen Akram (Medical Records), Salman Dasti (Anesthesiologist), Lianna Hopper (OR Nurse), Bryan Stamm (Pediatrician), Neal Fleming (Lead Anesthesiologist). (Middle): Devi Tantri (... Read More »

Jun 16, 2017

Day 10 – waiting to...

Arusha, Tanzania

Flora is 10 years old.  She fell into hot cooking oil when she was 2 years old.  As she has gotten older, the burned skin around her lips has contracted closing the opening of her mouth smaller and small... Read More »