Team Michigan was started in 2013 by Dr. Mehul Mehta – a plastic surgeon who has volunteered extensively with several organizations in the past. For the past several years he exclusively joined ISMS and traveled with Team NY on multiple occasions.
Claire Mehta, Dr. Mehta’s wife, has also volunteered in the past with their daughter Lily.
Friday – Our last morning of surgeries followed by packing up, thanking staff of The Holy Family Hospital and a grand send off celebration back at the hotel in the evening.
What an amazing week here in Techiman!
Thursday. Another long day in the Operating “Theatre”. Staff is tired but spirits are high!
Making a difference in the lives of these patients is our fuel and we wouldn’t want it any other way!
Wednesday – Super busy at Holy Family Hospital today.
Start at 07:30, end at 23:30. 16 surgeries.
Very tired yet still happy to be here!
Happy Monday from Ghana! Busy 1st perioperative day for the team! A quick 6:30am breakfast then off to Holy Family Hospital to begin an intense and exhilarating week of surgeries. Today we successfully completed 10 surgeries in 3 OR “Theatres”. Amazing effort by this amazing team on our 1st day! Back to the hotel at 10:00pm for a quick dinner and sleep before we gladly do it all over again tomorrow!
Greetings! A short “work” day for Team Michigan. After a morning of triaging patients, we headed off to Boabeng/Fiona Monkey Sanctuary followed by Kintampo Waterfall. Beautiful day with amazing sights! Gearing up for a busy day tomorrow!
Greetings from Ghana! A busy morning unpacking, organizing and triaging followed by a quick trip to the market for coffee (a staff necessity!) and other items. We took a stroll before dinner down the street for fresh coconut water then back to the hotel for a delicious meal. The evening was spent on the hotel’s patio with some refreshing Ghanaian beer, good conversation and card games. Tomorrow will be spent organizing more supplies, meeting more team members and triaging more patients.
Detroit team members all checked in and on our first leg of our trip to Ghana!
Meeting the rest of the team in JFK and then on to Accra.
Team Michigan’s mission to Ecuador completed 47 surgeries successfully.
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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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
On October 16th, ISMS Team Michigan boarded with all of the medical equipment necessary for their mission in Ecuador. Click ‘Read More” below to see a slideshow of their departure from Detroit.
Attention: this post contains some graphic images of surgical procedures
The town of Kakamega lies in Kenya’s second most populous county about 30 kilometers north of the equator. Within this county, Kakamega Provincial General Hospital has a catchment area of over 4 million. After the ISMS Pediatric mission to Kakamega took place last year, the need for medical attention in this region was so outstanding that a new ISMS team (Team Michigan) was created with a goal to return to this area for their first mission.