Faith in Practice

The group that sponsors the mission is called Faith in Practice. Click here for the website!

Husband and wife team, Dr. Jim Stempel and Nurse Mary Stempel visited to tell us about their work in Guatemala.

The groups mission is to do surgery and medical care for the impoverished Guatemalans (mostly indigent Mayans) who have no access to medical care in Guatemala. The hospital has been funded by Faith in Practice donations and has grown to 4 operating rooms. The team goes down to Antigua for one week and must procure and pack all the medical supplies they will need for their projected operations and dental procedures. Donations are very important, not only of money but medical supplies.

Most of the people come from villages and have to take the bus to and from them. Often the bus ride is from 4-12 hours and they needed to be there in the morning.. One bus broke down but they made it in anyway. (A village team goes out to them to assess patients prior to the surgical team arrival)

This particular team is composed of Doctors and nurses from the Portland, Vancouver area. We had a total of 30 people who pay their own way and take time off from work.

We had 4 ob-gyn docs and a general surgeon .
We had 4 anesthesiologists. There was one dentist and his assistant.
There were 14 pre-op, post-op, scrub and floating nurses and 6 people in the support staff.

The doctors and nurses did triage all day Sunday to determine who would be operated on and when. Then for the next four days they worked procedure after procedure with very few breaks out of three operating rooms.

The dental team worked as hard. They even went into the OR to extract 6 teeth in a very needy patient.

The total for the week for surgery was an amazing 64 procedures in both general and gyn.

The dental total was 90 patients, 123 extractions and 40 fillings and restorations.

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