A great success!!
Dr. Samuels and PA Schellhaas invited our team, Dr. Capes, Dr. Mehta, and Dr. Miguelez, to join our first post-CoViD trip.
We traveled to La Antigua, Guatemala, invited by Guatemala Surgery and Common Hope to contribute to a larger surgical camp they run every year out of Minnesota.
The work at hand went smoothly as well. We met our patients on Sunday and learned how long they had been waiting to have their problems. CoVid has delayed everything. We lined as many of them up for surgery as possible. With our four surgeons and a PA team, we ran two Operating Rooms, which allowed us to perform a total of 27 life-changing surgeries during the week we were there.
Our patients presented with a myriad of problems. We encountered women suffering from large fibroid tumors, causing pain and heavy menses for over two years. They were immensely grateful to have access to a solution. Others dealt with severe pelvic organ prolapse with their uterus and bladder pushing out on their perineum.
The surgeries designed to address these problems are very involved and take between 2 and 4 hours each. Therefore, we filled the schedule and ran it as close to clockwork as possible.
All in all, we worked hard, made a difference for the 27 women we reached on this trip, and we pledged to come back in upcoming trips to continue to help and get more women.It was a tremendous joy to resume our activities and re-engage with our mission to reach the women who don’t have access to these surgeries.
Unfortunately, the pandemic had kept us away for too long, but we are back!
|Team Members||Medical Services|
- 4 Surgeons.
- 4 OR Days.
- 27 Surgeries.