The world has needs – medical needs. Here in the United States, we have modern medicine. In other areas of the world, they are not as fortunate…
Watch this short video and learn about the work of ISMS Team ENT: a team of doctors providing free surgical care for the poor since 2011.
Hello Friends and Family,
We are all home safely and in our respective states and countries! We are starting to adjust back to our normal routines and we apologize for not being the best at keeping the blog up to date, but once the surgeries started every member of our team was busy and worked long into the night. The mission week was filled with lots of laughter, amazing surgeries, and yes… exhaustion. Our team members were extremely hard working throughout the entire trip. The hospital that we worked with in Riobamba was very welcoming and wanted to work with us in helping the people of Ecuador. Their staff was so accommodating and helpful throughout our entire time there. It was fun for our team to interact with many of their local doctors and nurses and to learn from them about local medicine and culture. We hope they learned the same things from our team.
We had a very busy last few days with long days of surgeries, hence the lack of communication.
Both the ISMS team and the local team worked very well together with strong bonds and friendships formed.
The Ecuadorean people are warm and friendly and were very appreciative.
Final summary will follow once the team arrives back in the states.
Here are some more photos of us closing up shop here in Riobamba. Next stop – Peru!
Some of us awoke to warm showers today. The rest of us were left in the cold. A friendly feud was had between the have’s and have not’s! After a breakfast of fresh fruit, delicious omelets, and warm unknown juice we headed to the public hospital of Riobamba, Ecuador. Twenty four of us split into 5 different cars and arrived at the hospital lobby where patients were quietly waiting for us. It is Sunday morning and aside from our surgical mission group, the hospital staff assisting us, and the patients the hospital was eerily vacant in the morning. Our first mission was to unload our 54 crates and bags of surgical equipment to the operating room. We were excited to get underway!
The surgical teams split up into urology, general surgery, and plastic surgery and headed toward the consultation rooms. The urologists, Drs’ Brad and Pradeep (Michigan), had a busy morning coordinating care with local urologist Dr. Garcia Wilson. He kept the atmosphere light joking with patients and staff, reminding them that international experts on ‘all things below the belt’ had finally arrived. 15 surgeries ranging from uterovaginal prolapsed to prostate cancer were boarded for surgery starting the next day. Drs’ Pravin (Iowa) and Helen (Ireland) identified three patients including a twelve year old who needed colostomy reversals. Plastic surgeons, Drs’ Parit (Chicago) Mehul (Michigan) and Loren (Michigan) identified large number of microtia and complex cleft palate.
Hello Family and Friends,
We are HERE!!! Everything went smoothly and all of the baggage got here which is amazing. Everyone made the connecting flight in Atlanta and it was so exciting for us to meet many of our other team members there. The energy was amazing as everyone was just so excited for what the future week had in store. It was fun for both of us to hear about everyone’s history and what they were most excited for during the mission.