Monday, February 28, 2005
Friday, February 04, 2005
Loja Kid 1
Thursday, January 27, 2005
Dr. Nadia Afridi, Dr. Richard Gillerman, Jose Luis Salazar, Bob Langert at a Press Conference in Quito
Dr. Nadia Afridi, Dr. Richard Gillerman, Jose Luis Salazar, Bob Langert
Originally uploaded by interplast.
Raise the Bar on Corporate Volunteerism
There are cynics who are suspicious of corporate motivations for philanthropy. My takeaway from this awesome experience is to keep giving—but raise the bar on corporate volunteerism. While keeping the fiscal contributions flowing, the corporate world and its work force can do more to balance the equation. We need half money / half big-hearted people. Beyond what they do in their own communities, employees can get directly involved with causes and nonprofit organizations that their company supports. After all, corporations relish win-win situations. I know the Loja patients like Francisco, Wilma, Angel and Gladys won. I know the Interplast team sure had a winning feeling, including me. Ronald McDonald House Charities wins by making these smart grants where the number of children that are directly and tangibly helped keeps multiplying. Lastly, McDonald’s wins because our business is not just about serving food and fun. Giving back is not a corporate shell game; it is about doing our small part to add to a sustainable society.
Our Last Night in Loja
We capped the evening with a surprise song. I wrote the lyrics, and Helena Hellberg sang it to the tune of Amazing Grace. Her voice was as lovely as the entire experience.
They bring a smile to all!
And special gifts they bring to bare,
But most of all they care.
Right here in Loja.
Our partners are the best!
The Samaniego’s paved the way,
We wish we all could stay.
Now back home we go,
With lasting memories!
Y queremos a ustedes agradezerles ya,
El ayuda que siempre nos dan.
Interplast Loja Team Picture
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
More to Come, Bear With Me...
I have another set of pictures to come, and more information, but I have been really busy coming home back to America, adjusting to Chicago weather, and spending time with my family. I will have more up tommorrow morning, I promise.
Thursday, January 20, 2005
The Numbers Do Not Tell The Whole Story
Today is our last day. The numbers are important, but they do not convey the teamwork and coordinated effort that is necessary to achieve such a successful Interplast trip. Our two weeks in Loja achieved the following: 139 initial clinic evaluations; 65 registered patients; and 57 operations that totaled 97 procedures. There were 20 clefts; 32 burns; and 45 other procedures (mostly ear and hand cases).
You have seen many photos of the patients whose lives where changed during this trip. They all touched me so much. I am very proud of Ronald McDonald House Charities for sponsoring this trip, and extremely grateful for my own volunteer experience. I have lived and breathed the whole picture of what it takes to deliver the medical care for the people served here, and I have felt apart of something very special, unique, and compassionate.
This is one of my last entries on this blog, and I wanted to finish with a tribute to the Interplast team themselves. If I have absorbed and retained just a portion of their humanitarian selflessness, I will be a fortunate recipient of their generous spirit.
The Anesthesiologist: From Invisibility to Transparency
Drs. Richard Gillerman, Jim Mahoney, and Steve Parker
Originally uploaded by interplast.
The Surgeons: Tremendously Skilled and Generous
The Operating Room Nurses: Always on the Move
The Recovery Room Nurses: Bringing Comfort
The Pediatrician: Care Personified
The Support Team
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Return of the Saraguro
The Making of an Ear
Dr. Tom Moore made an ear today. I witnessed what Tom had told me about the first day--magic unfolding. Tom went on to take a rib graft and then artistically craft it into the shape of an ear. I was impressed, as I am sure the teenage boy will be, Fredy. The past day has had a steady flow of the unusual, including the return of the Saraguro.
A Very Proud Woman
As we finished the day, we had completed over 80 procedures since our arrival in Loja 11 days ago…and it continues to mesmerize me.
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
Each of us -- Ecuadorian patient and Interplast team member -- has so much to be thankful for in our own way, each assisted by helping hands in different ways.
Nadia and Angel
Nadia has been in good hands, too. As a Webster fellow, she learns and operates by working with Dr. Moore and Dr. Gould on the team. "You see one, do one, and teach one", Nadia remarked. "That's the way to learn".