Medical Mission Trip to Rwanda, May/June 2017
Rwanda: May 27-Jun 5, 2017
June 8, 2017
Team Philippines, June 2017
Philippines: Jun 8-18, 2017
June 20, 2017

Our awesome Team Haiti of June, 2017 saw about 1,800 patients, young and old, during our trip, including these:

We saw many patients with GERD. We learned that years ago, all of the families grew and made their own spices.  Today they use a store-bought spice, Magi, which is a very salty chicken bouillon.  They use an exorbitant amount, causing all of their food to be salty to the extreme to have a high-level of taste.  This has resulted in severe hypertension and GERD.  We educated patients about this and encouraged them to either use less or to go back to making their own spices, which is actually more expensive.  However, their health conditions were severe enough to really push this issue with them.

One of the kids we saw was a 15-year-old girl who had a rock stuck in her right ear for the past 5 years! When she was 10 years old, other kids placed 3 pebbles in her ear when she was sleeping.  Two of the rocks were removed at that time but the third was too large to retrieve by the doctors in Haiti.  She presented to our clinic for help and our team of physicians, nurses, MAs and students (Drs Greg and Pak, NP student Alisha, Victoria, and Katie) worked for 2 hours to loosen the encased stone and finally removed it by a makeshift surgical procedure using a bobby-pin!

rock-in-ear

We saw a young man with a casted arm. The boy was not able to return to a doctor to remove the cast, but needed to wear it for two more months. Dr. Pak cut the cast with scissors and then used an ace bandage to make a removable cast for him using the original one.

Tyler P. showed the creativity of our team by making an otoscope out of a pen light and ear tip and, of course, duct tape.

Posted by Travis Lee WMTW on Monday, September 11, 2017

One of our team members was highlighted on his local television news channel. Learn how Dylan’s trip with IMR is going to affect his future in medicine.

I will not squander the life and opportunities that I have been given.

Sometimes, the best way to find yourself is through helping others. To help someone that you know can never help you in return, well…. there’s just something beautiful about it.

I will put forth my best efforts in every path I take, for I want those who have touched my life to see the possibilities of freedom for themselves. To know that anything is possible through setting a goal, developing a plan, and putting it into action.

Alisha, RN, IMR Team Haiti