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On January 14, 2016, a group of 11 volunteers left Harrisburg, PA to start their long journey to Panna, India. The group flew out of Washington, Dulles to New Delhi, India. After a 5 hour layover, they boarded a 5-hour flight from Delhi to Khajuraho, India. A one-hour bumpy car ride brought the group of weary travelers to Panna at 5 p.m. local time on January 16th. Volunteers from Washington State and New York were awaiting the team as they arrived at the hotel.

Mission supply bags were transported to the hospital and the group had a meal and rested up for the busy days ahead. On January 17th, they hit the ground running at 7:30am and started sorting and organizing the supplies. Additionally they reviewed the operating rooms and set up to see patients. Their gracious hosts provided a welcome “opening ceremony” that morning including local officials which was covered by local press.

Back in the United States, the Blizzard of 2016 did all she could to thwart travel for a couple other volunteer surgeons traveling to join us. The storm dumped over 30 inches of snow, but the determined travelers did arrive 2 days late and with no luggage! The combination of international travel in winter can often be challenging.

Patient Procedures:

The team performed 225 surgical cases during the 2-week mission. We learned that our group provided the first General Anesthesia at this hospital in more than 2 years.

The majority of cases, performed under spinal anesthesia, included:

Hernia Repairs




Other surgeries included:

Plastic Surgeries such as Clift Lip repairs & Burn Scar Releases
Gall Bladder Removals

Urinary Bladder Stone Removals

We even provided anesthesia for a local Obstetrician performing an emergency C-Section!

We are pleased to report that there were no major complications were noted during the 2 week camp as well as when we followed up with the hospital administration 3 weeks after the mission.

Operation Medical donated a set of Life box Pulse Oximeters to the Hospital for use on all their Surgeries/Anesthesia monitoring. We also conducted a brief training/in-service to the local Anesthesia providers. Additionally, we left a substantial amount of unused supplies for the hospital to use for their cases.

The local administrative and staff support for the mission was phenomenal. Room and Board facilities were more than adequate and food was very good. No one was indisposed during the entire mission which is amazing in itself.


Name Surgical Specialty Week 1 Week 2
Dr. Adnan Alseidi General  /Hepatobiliary / Endocrine Washington
Dr. Bret Delone General/Oncology Pennsylvania
Dr. Chirs Dennis Chief Resident – Surgery Washington
Dr. Bake Henson Chief Resident – General Surgery Pennsylvania
Dr. Parul Krishnamurthy Gynecology Pennsylvania
Dr. Sean Martin Surgery Resident Pennsylvania
Dr. Kyle Packer Surgery Resident Pennsylvania
Dr. Bipen Patel General/Colorectal New York
Dr. Sara Dance Washington
Diana Davidson, CRNA Pennsylvania
Sue Miller, CRNA Pennsylvania
Dr. Mukul Parikh Pennsylvania
Dr. Neelima Parikh Pennsylvania
Dr. Rashmi Trivedi California
Linda Brindle, RN Pennsylvania
Alison Erb, LPN Pennsylvania
Charmaine Garner, RN Pennsylvania
Bonnie Peffer, RN Pennsylvania
Patty Stetler, RN Pennsylvania
Michele Yarnell, RN Pennsylvania
Abby Gurgiolo Pennsylvania


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