08/10/18 – A Bird’s Eye View – Rwanda

In 6 weeks, 31 volunteers from Operation Medical will travel to Rwanda, Africa on a mission. Today we introduce Rwanda, known as “the land of a thousand hills’’ which is situated in the heart of the African Continent.    Rwanda is bordered by Uganda to the north, Tanzania to the east, Burundi to the south and …

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An Ounce of Prevention is Worth More than a Pound of Cure

In the coming weeks, Operation Medical is sending volunteers to both Haiti and Rwanda.  Preparing and packing for travel to tropical and other destinations is much more than “what to wear?”.  At Operation Medical we take the safety of our volunteers seriously including personal health and disease prevention. Bugs (including mosquitoes, ticks, and some flies) …

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October 28, 2017 – Gratitude, Hope, Faith and Acceptance

On Thursday, October 26, 2017 Dr. John Reidell operated on a 57 year old albino man from St. Mark. Dr. Reidell removed several malignant melanoma skin lesions from the man that were on his back, face, head, and arm. This man’s ear also had very bad skin lesions and the surgeons felt that the ear …

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October 25, 2017 – The Haitian People – Integrity in the Face of Adversity

During clinic Dr. Scott Barnes had three patients on October 23rd, two patients on the  24th and one patient today that had advanced disease that had not been cared for and not treatable.  This is a fairly common situation in Haiti because the people are poor and can’t afford the treatment, there aren’t many physicians …

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October 23, 2017 – A Sea of People at the Pierre Payen Hospital This Morning

Unbeknownst to the team Annie Hume from the Gods Children of Haiti orphanage ran a radio campaign announcing the upcoming presence of Operation Medical at the Pierre Payen Hospital beginning October 23, 2017.  This morning when the team walked across the street to the Hospital, we were met by a sea of people! Today at …

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October 22, 2017 – Operation Medical Arrived in Haiti: Unpacking and Prepping for Tomorrow’s Cases

The Team Dr. Scott Barnes, Physicican – Clinic Dr. Lou Boxer, Anesthesiologist (Second Week) Linda Brindle, RN – Operating Room Dr. Morgan Callahan, Resident – Surgeon Christi Catalano, CRNA Dr. Joe Cincotta, Physician – Clinic Dr. Phillip Eck, Anesthesiologist Mirjam Evers, Photographer Carmaine Garner, RN – Operating Room Head Nurse Chip Goodhart, CRNA – Assistant Team Leader Carolyn …

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October 5, 2017 – And The Heat Goes On

Wedesday was a hectic day with more C-sections taking priority for ORs. Operation Medical volunteers continue to care for patients and lend a hand to the local clinical staff. The total count for our procedures from Wednesday is not yet finalized however we’ll update our readers later. Thursday afternoon, a small contingent from Op Med …

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October 4, 2017 – Steady As We Go

It’s hard to believe it’s Wednesday already. Time really flies during surgical camps. The small group of volunteers has a great camaraderie and is staying well. Tuesday’s cases totaled 15, with a wide assortment of diagnosis / procedures. Chitwan Medical College Teaching Hospital delivers 20 – 30 babies each day on a regular basis, however …

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October 3, 2017 – Nepal – Babies R Us

Monday afternoon was a big baby day at Chitwan Hospital. Much of the day was spent screening patients. Additionally, the Operation Medical Team worked side by side with the local staff and delivered 4 babies in 3 procedures. How can that be? One birth was a set of twin boys. Our gracious host, Prof. Dr. …

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October 2, 2017 – Nepal Surgical Camp Has Started

The Chitwan Medical Hospital Surgical Camp officially kicked off this morning with a briefing for the team and welcome from Dr. Harish Chandra Neopane, Chairman and Professor of General Surgery and Arun Koirala, Administrative Manager as well as comments from Dr. Mukul Parikh, President of Operation Medical. The 18-member volunteer team arrived in Bharatpur Sunday …

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