On behalf of the students, Thank You! We are so appreciative of all the support we received and all the people who made this experience possible. First and foremost, thank you Dr. P for arranging this experience. This course provided a wonderful capstone for those interested in low-resource healthcare and broadened the perspective of future engineer, doctor, and business person among us. Few and far between are opportunities like this where students can apply and develop skills simultaneously and the fruit of their labor is not a letter on a piece of paper soon to be recycled, but is a new chance at life given to those dependent upon the equipment we serviced. Thank you, Dr. Paschal.
Dr. P was always quick to redirect praise to the Shalom Foundation, so I will follow her lead. Thank you, Tommy Sanders, Kevin McQuaig, Claudia Hurtarte, and the rest of the Shalom Foundation for providing us with a means to accomplish the lofty goals we set before ourselves. We could not have had this experience if it weren't for your experience in logistics, your presence in Nashville and Guatemala, and your support in-country. Your work inspires us to share our skills and passion with our neighbors around the world.
A warm thank you to Dr. Matthew Walker III. As our second faculty advisor and co-leader, Dr. Walker shared his extensive expertise in medical equipment and treatment. Thank you for sparking great conversations and reflection periods at dinner and sharing your observations on the unique features of low-resource healthcare.
We have a long list of people who made this trip possible. Certainly, this list can be even longer if I could personally thank each of you who read this blog! The value of this experience is greatly amplified by sharing and encouraging others to advocate and serve in the way that suits them best. Thank you for joining us on this adventure.
Warm thanks to:
Our translators Jorge Santizo, Pablo Castaneda, and Juan-Jose
Moore Pediatric Surgical Center
Professor Carlos Esquit
Vilma de Perez
Avery Dickens de Giron
Center for Latin American Studies
VUSE Dean's Office
Smith & Nephew
Edwin Garcia and Alfredo Duarte
F Clark Williams
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Waking up at the crack of dawn would have meant sleeping-in today! Indeed, this was the first day none of us were able to catch the sunrise atop our hotel simply because we were already on our way to the Pacaya volcano by 6:00am. A scenic, albeit frighteningly aggressive, drive later, we found ourselves at the base of Pacaya. There we were swarmed by young locals renting out walking sticks and horses for the climb. Accepting the former, we began the hour-and-a-half climb with our guide. The horses we turned down followed closely behind in case we grew weary (the only catch being the gradual increase in price which conveniently matched the difficulty of the hike).
|In another life, Dr. P was a volcanic-ash snowboarder|
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Sunday, March 11, 2012
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Friday, March 9, 2012
Just when we got comfortable in Pedro de Bethancourt , we switched gears and began our stay in Hermano Pedro hospital. For more information on the history of our worksite for the next couple days, click here: Information on Hermano Pedro Hospital.
|Britney's turn for a hug from Mercedes!|
|Erica "the model" shows off her Tango skills with a local|
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Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Dear loved ones,
Rest assured; we have arrived safely in Guatemala City! All students showed up on time to leave Vanderbilt and the flight to Dallas was exceptionally easy. Eerily easy, some may say. The turbulence flying into Guatemala was noteworthy, but the adventure started upon arrival. With our faces glued to the windows, looking at the sprawling city, Evan pulled a quick joke about leaving his passport on the plane.
A joke, right?
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Thursday, March 1, 2012
|Danny practices his presentation to be given at the Universidad del Valle|
We have researched our assigned medical equipment and are prepared to troubleshoot and repair on-site. We have acquired service manuals, donations, and Becca even designed a new Bilirubin light! With our bags packed, we are excitedly looking forward to putting our freshly refined tinkering and Spanish skills to work.
After a late flight Sunday night and an early rise Monday morning, we will have a mini-conference with students at Universidad del Valle and work in the Moore Pediatric Surgical Center in the afternoon. Then we will drive to Antigua where we will be working at Pedro de Bethancourt Hospital and Hermano Pedro Hospital for the next few days. On Saturday, we will take a mini-vacation by hiking the Pacaya volcano and gift shopping for loved ones (by reading this blog, your chances of a gift are at least tripled!).
We will keep this blog lively, colorful, and active with daily posts. Please feel free to leave comments! We look forward to sharing this experience with you as we learn more about the culture and healthcare system in Guatemala City and Antigua.
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