2012 Retalhuleu, Guatemala
Team Arrival and Hospital Visit!
My name is Michael Zielanski and I'd like you to share this journey with me. The destination is Hospital Hilario Galindo in Retalhuleu, Guatemala, the mission is to create smiles and change lives. A te... Read More »
Below is our bus arriving on the first day of pre-clinic. Pre-clinic is the day when all the potential patients are evaluated by the doctors and nurses. We were greeted by a very large crowd who were all c... Read More »
First Day Of Surgery
The first day of surgeries finally arrived! Many months of fundraising and preparation have brought us to this point. The entire team is excited to begin the day and help change the lives of the patients a... Read More »
One of my first observations while I was taking pictures of the Guatemalans was that some of the women dressed very “traditional” while others seemed to dress more “modern”. After d... Read More »
In an earlier blog entry I introduced you to Marina. Marina stood out from the crowd because of her beautiful vibrant dress. Marina, age 7 and her father Rolando, age 29 traveled over 9 hours by bus to arr... Read More »
Do you remember the first time you played with or saw bubbles? If not, relive that experience with Kimberly Dayana who is one year old. This is her first time seeing bubbles! She is in the pre-op room wait... Read More »
Meet The Team Part 1
Dr. Hung – Lead Anesthesiologist – Carefully monitoring a patient in the operating room. This entry is one of two parts. I’d like to introduce you to some of the amazing people I have had... Read More »
I'd like you to meet Edgar and his younger brother Henry. Edgar already had his cleft lip repaired on a prior mission, so he was back to have some corrective surgery. It is very common for a cleft lip ... Read More »
Even though all the patients we helped are superstars, Anthony was the only superhero I came across. Anthony is 3 years old and traveled over 11 hours to the hospital by bus with his mother. He previously ... Read More »
Many of the patients and their families have heart touching stories surrounding the circumstances that brought them to the hospital. I found this story particularly interesting and felt the need to share i... Read More »
Meet The Team Part 2
Here are some more team members I'd like you to meet. All of my team members are some of the most hardworking, caring and giving people I have ever met. Left to right: Susan, RN PACU Nurse – Fait... Read More »
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Day 10 – The last f...
The last full day of surgery is a great success. Many patients have been operated on today with complex burns. The total will be 58 patients with 92 procedures/surgery at the end of the mission. This morni... Read More »
Day 9 – a puzzle ev...
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