This year our team of 90 volunteers - medical professionals and lay people - changed the lives of 69 Ecuadoreans and their families. We performed 35 procedures on 31 children and did 43 hip replacements for 38 adults. Five of those adults had BOTH hips replaced and walked out of the hospital a few days later!
Nine team members volunteered for BOTH weeks of the Mission, which helped to make an easy transition from Week One to Week Two. This commitment for 12 very full work days, often using vacation time or taking leave without pay, is remarkable! Many thanks to
Heather Perl, Saison Demitor, Deb Chalupa, Julie Cadrin, Aline Young, Francisco Gallardo, Rayanne Hillier, Marc and Barb Moreau.
We are happy to say that ALL of our patients were discharged before we left Quito this year. This doesn't always happen. Patients who have surgery late in Week Two often need to be cared for for a day or two by
Dr. Manuel Ordoñez and
the very competent staff at Un Canto a la Vida Hospital. Quito's Dr. Ordoñez has seen or heard from all of our patients since the CAMTA team left Ecuador and all is well with everyone!