2011 La Romana, Dominican Republic

Jun 24, 2011

Day 1: Hospital Setup

La Romana, Dominican Republic

We arrived in La Romana after 20 hours of flying, waiting and napping. Our team was greeted by Emilio, Rudolfo and Luis who are our local guides, interpreters, bus drivers and on-site trip support team.�... Read More »

Jun 24, 2011

Day 2: Registration and Patient Screening

La Romana, Dominican Republic

Today started early with breakfast at 6, the bus at 7 and evaluations at 8.  Last minute instructions were delivered on the bus and we were ready to hit the ground running. Upon arriving at the hospi... Read More »

Jun 24, 2011

Meet Livensi

La Romana, Dominican Republic

It's fitting that 5 year-old Livensi is patient #007. With his ready smile, intense eyes, and playful nature, our little James Bond Jr. entranced our group; we swooned over him from the beginning. This... Read More »

Jun 24, 2011

Day 4: Livensi and Yohan

La Romana, Dominican Republic

Livensi, our young burn and skin graft patient, was awake when Nan and I visited him this morning.  He was groggy from his pain meds, and he occasionally played with the matchbox cars he was given.&#... Read More »

Jun 24, 2011

Day 5: Armoncier & Patient Update

La Romana, Dominican Republic

Armoncier is a 28 year old man from Haiti who escaped to the Dominican Republic after the earthquake in 2010 and now works planting bananas.  He has a wife, and a daughter and son who are 5 and 3.�... Read More »

Jun 24, 2011

La Romana, Dominican Republic 2011

La Romana, Dominican Republic

Jackie Arata is a PACU nurse from Sacramento and she is a vibrant part of our group.  She has a friendly, caring demeanor and I was particularly impressed with how she reads people and their needs so... Read More »

Jun 24, 2011

Leaving for Home

La Romana, Dominican Republic

Having finished our work earlier than expected, we advanced our departure date by two days. We packed medical supplies and boarded a plane in Santo Domingo on Thursday, June 16.  The profile of the s... Read More »

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