Team Leader: Dr. Roger Saulson, M.D.

Team Type: Ophthalmology – Cataract

Campaign Summary: Triaged 155 patients, performed 22 medical procedures.

Abbott Medical Optics, Inc. — Santa Ana, California

Team Members:
Jeff Gault Assistant
Mary Gault, Surgical Nurse
Dr. Kyong Shane Kim, M.D., Ophthalmologist
Dana Nialis, Assistant
Ashley Saulson, Assistant
Ben Saulson, Assistant
Melissa Saulson, Assistant
Dr. Roger Saulson, M.D., Ophthalmologist

We arrived in Coya early on a Sunday morning, dropped our bags at the Coya Guest House, and after a brief orientation and some coca tea, we headed over to the Clinic to begin triaging patients.

We saw about 60 patients that day and set up six of them for cataract surgery the following day. We split our duties the next few days with one surgeon in the operating room while the other one saw patients. A general strike in the Sacred Valley was planned for Thursday and Friday, so the number of patients able to get to the Clinic was reduced significantly those days. The World Cup of Soccer was on the TV in the waiting area and was the focal point for the attention of waiting patients and idle staff alike.

The Clinic staff was incredibly helpful and the townspeople were very hospitable. As always, we felt very warmly received and most fulfilled after a week of giving what we have been fortunate to have.

We saw most of the children we had done surgery on in January. There were no infections and no hardware problems.

During the triage and surgeries we were assisted by Dr. Dan and Megan Banigan. Dan is a family practice physician in New York who was able to assist Dr. Shaw during surgery. Dan and Megan were both excellent translators and helped fill in for Sandy and Guido Del Prado, the Directors and Founders of the Kausay Wasi Clinic, while they were in Florida.

Roosevelt, pictured with Dr. Shaw, was doing great. All the osteotomies are healing nicely, but three of the four were still a little tenuous. Dr. Shaw decided that they all better be healed well before femoral osteotomies are performed. Roosevelt was put in short walking casts and is now ready to start physical therapy.

We saw Maria Elena (dressed in black with Dr. Geelan) who had a total hip replacement in January. She was doing well with only a slight limp due to weakness of her muscles. This weakness will be remedied by physical therapy. She is pain free for the first time since her injury several years ago.

Vicky, who had an open reduction and Salter on one side of her body and a Psoas Tenotomy and closed reduction on the other side, had dislocated in the cast. An open reduction was done on the hip, but there were no hip instruments and pins so a Salter was not performed. (She may need one on a later trip.) She looked great a day after surgery and was happy to receive Dr. Geelan’s fruit snacks.

Carmen, a nine year old girl from the flood-affected town shown on this page was brought in by her mother. She had a dislocated hip. She was initially put on the list for our visit here next year. Then it was decided they needed something positive in their lives now. So a femoral shortening and an open reduction was performed. She’s pictured walking to the operating room for her surgery. During the procedure improvisations with instruments had to be made like using an ASIF plate as a retractor. Next year she will need a Chiari operation.

When Juan Diego was examined, he was still prone to dislocate his hip despite being in his cast for six weeks. A cast change was performed with the entire team helping out. In six weeks he will be put into his brace that was made for him during the January trip.

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