Mission Blogs

Ecuador: Day Eight

We met in the lobby at 2:00 am, packed our luggage into the same cargo truck that had met us at the airport only a week prior, and then we all loaded into the hotel shuttle to make our way back to the Guayaquil airport.

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Ecuador: Day Seven

Friday was our final full clinical day in Guayaquil. We had three objectives for the day: 1) complete 9 scheduled cases, 2) educate and prepare Dr. Castillo regarding the anticipated postoperative course for the cases we did over the week, and 3) organize and repack our surgical instruments in preparation for the trip back to the states.

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Ecuador: Day Six

By our third day in the operating room, we started to get the flow of cases down. We had 8 cases on the schedule, some of which that took between 3 and 4 hours.

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Ecuador: Day Five

As was becoming our routine, the team ate breakfast together at 6:30 am in the hotel before boarding our shuttle to Hospital Leon Becerra. It was our second operative day, and we had eight cases scheduled.

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Ecuador: Day Four

After an early team breakfast, we eagerly arrived at the hospital at 07:30 excited to begin our first full day. We met all of our patients in the preoperative holding area and rounded on our patients for the day reviewing surgical and anesthesia plans.

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