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Friday is always a bittersweet day. Nearly all our patients will be headed to Casa de Fe or home today. As a group we reflect on all that we could accomplish in a short amount of time (75 surgeries, over 100 procedures), as well as all that we could not. Nurses and doctors alike speak about... Read More
Our 18-year-old patient, Reyna, has been one of the more difficult medical cases we have handled this week. This sliver of a girl has been carrying a giant mass in her abdomen for nearly three years. Removing the mass meant that there was a possibility that her ability to have children or to... Read More
During this week we spend a lot of time with our patients. From triage day, to pre-op preparation, post-op recovery, to convalescing at Casa de Fe, we have the opportunity to truly bond with the patients and their families. It would be hard not to. They come to us with complete trust and... Read More
Sonrisa means smile in Spanish. It is the word that first comes to mind when I think of the Guatemalan people. A sonrisa from our Guatemalan patients could light up an Alaskan winter day. It is wide and bright, often colored with silver or gold, sometimes with large gaps, but always it is... Read More
Food is a communal experience. Here in Antigua we will eat nearly every meal as a group. It is the way we set our intentions at the beginning of the day and reflect on our experiences at the end. Our intentions include our hopes for our patients, plans for how we can work together as a team to... Read More
George Harrison wrote this song while he was thinking about the I Ching, the Book of Changes. The Eastern concept is that whatever happens is all meant to be , and that there is no such thing as coincidence – every little item that’s going down has a purpose. These are the words that come to... Read More