Safe journey and all the best to everyone on the team and everyone who comes for help.
The 2023 team consists of 32 team members which includes physicians, nurses, audiologists, translators and support personnel.
The team arrived in Morales, Guatemala on November 10th 2023 via a bus which departed Guatemala City some 7 hours prior. Once the team checked into our hotel, we promptly unloaded our personal luggage and the mountain of medical gear that will support a weeks’ worth of examinations and Ear, Nose and Throat surgeries. At the conclusion of our heavy lifting, we trekked over to the hospital for a tour and to understand the room layouts and assignments.
Day 2 of our trip: Today the medical supplies were transported to the hospital and the team distributed them to their respective areas (audiology, examination rooms and the operating suite). A reception area was set-up to begin the process of checking in the patience and start the process of being examined to determine if and what type of procedure would be administered.
At 1 PM we deemed ourselves to be open for business and welcomed our first guests. Within an hour or so after opening, the patient population grew from a trickle to what could be considered a crowd. The community’s appreciation of the team’s efforts was noticeable through their gratitude and patience as they waited for extended periods for their turn to be seen. Face painting, balloons and small gifts for the children were provided to help pass the time. This entertainment was a big hit, even a number of adults got in on the fun! The team saw a total of 56 patience and scheduled 32 surgeries. Tomorrow we have the great pleasure of serving these wonderful kids once again all again.
David RC Cannal - Team member
November 13th afforded the team 34 pediatric patients of which were provided medicines to treat issues ranging from common colds to ear and nose infections, etc. Meanwhile the team hosted a training session headed by regional audiology professionals showcasing new diagnostic and hearing aid technologies, with a plan to incorporate these new technologies into the community as soon as local professionals have the opportunity to do so.
The surgical team worked to finalize their schedule in support of the tasks on the 14th. New York Rotarian Ellen Haggerty came down and visited the team to witness first hand the impacts that her chapter is having on the community via the medical team.
November 14 welcomed 13 nose and throat surgeries of which will no doubt positively impact the quality of life for these children for the remainder of their lives. The entire team worked with impressive clock-like precision to complete these surgeries. The gratitude that the recipient families showed to the team is priceless and makes the effort absolutely worthwhile. The entire team are looking forward to the remainder of the week due to the fact that the level of success thus far has been overwhelmingly positive from a personal and communal point of view. Thank you for your support.
David Cannal ( valued team member)
David Cannal has been an integral member of the surgery team and has facilitated the smooth “dance” of the surgery schedule…thank you David 😊
The team concluded our highly successful and heartfelt humanitarian mission via the completion of 55 surgeries and non-surgical procedures. Moreover, a total of 42 patients were fitted for over the ear hearing aids, and 3 children were fitted for bone conduction hearing aids. Unfortunately our schedule did not permit the team to address all of the needs of the community brought forward throughout our short tenure, however we did assure the community that the team will return to once again, diligently work to address as many quality of life issues as possible. I'm thankful for this opportunity to have worked along such compassionate professionals and look forward to do so once again.
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