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Ada Returns to New Mexico

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November 2011. The following  is a message from foster parent Carol Eiffert:

"In May, our family was over-joyed to have Ada return to our home. Ada has been considered part of our family since she was first brought to the US for surgery by Healing the Children SW when she was only three years old.…

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Hospital Dario Machuca, La Troncal, Ecuador

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Hospital Dario Machuca, La Troncal, Ecuador.   We were invited to take over their one operating room to help children needing plastic surgery.   Surgeons George Hoer and David Oberdorfer were joined by anesthesiologist Gary Doolittle, nurses Kate DoolittleAllison GodchauxLaura Weisgerber, physical therapist Susan Doolittle, student Julia, and 3 to 5 local Ecuadoran medical school residents.  …

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Haitian Child Undergoes Heart Surgery

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Kellen T. Knott* - In January of 2010, Medical Teams International volunteer physician, Tom Martin of Portland, Oregon, while working at a medical clinic in Haiti identified a young girl, 15 year old Stephanie Privert, as a candidate for potentially lifesaving heart surgery in the United States.

When Dr. Martin identified…

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More Than a Surgical Mission

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When Desi Ferrell, Executive Director of the Philadelphia chapter, visited Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia a year ago, she was overwhelmed by the magnitude of the problems. The hospital, once the flagship of Ethiopia’s public healthcare system had fallen into disrepair. The pediatric ward was filled with well-appearing…

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Members of Haitian Soccer Team Visit Hospital in San Antonio

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San Antonio, Texas - Recently Mary Ullmann Japhet , Associate Executive Director for San Antonio Sports, had the privilege of accompanying a few Haitian National Soccer team players to Christus Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital to visit two beautiful 10-year-old Haitian girls, Naika and Bethlie. Healing the Children helped secure medical treatment…

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Louisville Delegation Brings Help and Hope to Ghana

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Steve Diamond, executive director of the Louisville Chapter of Healing the Children, recently led a delegation to the Tamale Teaching Hospital in Ghana, Africa.

The trip was part of a visit organized by Diamond and the Sister Cities of Louisville, Inc. to develop a relationship between the medical schools and teaching…

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A Team of U.S. Doctors Discovers the Unexpected on a Mission to Ethiopia

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By Harold Jackson,  Philadelphia Inquirer Opinion Columnist

(Article first appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer 4/04/2010  used by permission)

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Eight-year-old boys, when they are not in school, should be outdoors with their friends, playing ball, finding treasure in what grown-ups throw away, shouting in glee because that's what little boys…

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Ecuador Pediatric Ophthalmology and ENT Medical Mission

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In February 2010, HTC Arizona sent its 2nd pediatric ophthalmology/ENT medical mission to Azogues, Ecuador. The team consisted of 12 volunteer members, plus an HTC administrator. They worked long and hard every day. On the first day, a total of 162 children were screened.  Out of these, 58 patients were selected…

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