Mending Kids deploys to Guatemala City to provide 85 children with general ears, nose and throat procedures. Mending Kids Lead Surgeon Dr. Namrata Varma, led the 21 person team consisting of 11 medical volunteers;surgeons, surgical technicians, anesthesiologists and nurses along with of 10 High School student volunteers from MUSE High-School in Calabasas .
The student volunteers helped out with paperwork, passed out stuffed animals to patients, helped ease the children's nerves before and after surgery, painted the exterior and bathroom of Prince of Peace Girls Group Home and Orphanage, and helped pack our loaned medical equipment.
The students also had a chance to interact with local volunteers who were their age. These bilingual Guatemalan volunteers served the purpose of translating in the screening clinic, pre-op, and post-op. This was an opportunity for the Muse student volunteers to connect with their peers, and find commonalities between the two cultures.
“We have seen patients who have never gotten a good night’s sleep wake up happy as they have never done before. We are here to change Guatemala but Mending Kids is here to change our world,” says Dr. Ligia Figueroa, Medical Director Moore Pediatric Surgical Center. Mending Kids’ hope is to make great strides at self-sustainment in the area of pediatric ENT surgery while making many more of these surgeries available to these young patient and empowering surgeons to provide these procedures confidently.
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