Coya, Peru - November, 2015

Team Type: General Surgery

Campaign Summary: There were 113 consultations and 48 surgical procedures performed.
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The 2015 Team Before they Leave from Logan Airport in Boston Team Photo on the Steps of the Kausay Wasi Clinic The Perioperative Staff Mapping Out the Week After a Long Day at the Clinic and Setting up the Operating Rooms Dr. Chahal and Judy Hershey are Screening a Patient. Many Patients come with a Small Printout of a Previous Ultrasound The Operating Room Staff Keri O'Brien, Kathleen Mercure, Heather Horsan, and Connie Bouvier Dr. Chadal Performing an Umbilical Hernia Repair while Dr. Gvildys Administers Anesthesia. Kathleen Mercure is in the Background Dr. Cronin Repaiting a Patient's Inguinal Hernia. Dr. Hershey is Giving Anesthesia and Heather Horan is Assisting Local Nurse Shindy Polido is Checking on a Patient After Surgery Michele Wescott and Local Nurse Mery Alvarado Preparing a Patient for Surgery

Americares - Stamford, Connecticut
Highland Street Foundation - Newton, Massachusetts

Team Members:
Monica Aquila, Perioperative Nurse
Constance Bouvier, Operating Room Charge Nurse
Dr. Rajan Chahal, M.D., General Surgeon
Dr. Claire Cronin, M.D., General Surgeon
Dr. Dana Gvildys, M.D., Anesthesiologist
Emma Hershey, Interpreter
Judith Hershey, Nurse Practitioner/Operating Room First Assist
Dr. Mark Hershey, M.D., M.D., Anesthesiologist
Heather Horan, Operating Room Nurse
Steven Horan, Assistant
Kathleen Mercure, Surgical Technician First Assist
Keri O'Brien, Surgical Technologist
Christina Squeri, Perioperative Nurse
Michele Westcott, Perioperative Nurse

This is our team's fourth trip to The Kausay Wasi Clinic and once again just as successful. The Newton Wellesley Hospital team continued to shine as our patients thrived at our "southern" location in Coya, Peru. We started the week slowly, but with continued advertising throughout the Sacred Valley, our surgical schedule was promptly booked to capacity. We continued to be amazed at the distances these patients travel to receive our medical care.

While we all recognize the focus of our time in Coya is the work we do at the Clinic, it's safe to say our highlight was an evening at Guido and Sandy's home - complete with him entertaining us on his accordion!

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