Eduardo comes out to welcome the team.
The team checks into the hotel.
Dr. Carl Lynch talks to his anesthesia team.
Dr. Charlie Gross (seated) talks to his team of surgeons.
Michelle Beard instructs the floor nurses on charting.
Dr. Tommy Sutton explains the anesthesia to a patient before surgery.
Drs. Jeff Wright and Lyn Wells talk to Cristhian (seated) with Ivonne Gilmer translating before taking him into the operating room. Cristhian had surgery to remove a nasal obstruction.
One year old Sabastian and his mother wait for surgery to close his open palate.
Nine year old Pedro enjoys ice cream after a successful tonsillectomy.
Sonia Elias checks Jacobo’s blood pressure after surgery.
Terry Elzinga helps the kitchen staff serve the trays.
Eight year old Abigail smiles after the removal of her very large tonsils.
Eight year old Janny enjoys coloring with her mom after a successful tonsillectomy.
Anne Groening translates the discharge instructions into low German for the Mennonite patients.
Roommates Sonia and Elsa have become special friends. Both came in deaf in both ears and have now had their hearing restored.
Day nurses from the US team report off to the Bolivian night nurses.
Sonia, 48 yrs. old, was deaf in both ears. After a successful stapedectomy, she no longer needs to read lips or wear her hearing aid!
Julia after surgery with her surgeon, Dr. David Shonka. Julia’s Story
Humberto, 33 yrs. old, had nasal polyps obstructing both nostrils. He is now breathing through his nose for the first time in 12 years!
Victor, an 8 yr. old orphan, is enjoying all the attention after a successful tonsillectomy!
Michelle Beard and Dr. Charlie Gross smile as they end another very successful surgery week.