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2013 Mission

Our twelfth trip to Eucador,  CAMTA 2013 at the Un Canto a la Vida was another successful and rewarding mission.

Thirty  adults received hip arthroplasties.  We focus on adults who can return to work and make a difference in the lives of their families. Smith and Nephew, a major international orthopedic corporation, donated all the hip prostheses for the fifth consecutive year.

Our surgical teams performed 28 procedures on 20 children: hip surgeries, tendon surgeries, clubfoot surgeries and other operations. For the first time CAMTA used the Ponsetti casting method on three young children. This technique corrects congenital clubfoot without invasive surgery. All these kids will have more active childhoods and will grow up with healthy joints. 



CAMTA medical professionals offered teaching sessions to their Ecuadorean counterparts and donated surgical instruments to some of our host hospitals. We delivered a SIGN nail system to the Hospital in Macas.  Patients suffering broken bones in highway or farm accidents can now be treated  with SIGN intermedullary nails at this rural hospital, instead of having to travel to a larger center for more complex surgery, or, worse yet, not being treated at all.  Our partner Dr. Telmo Tapia is actively looking for another rural hospital where CAMTA can donate a SIGN system and train the medical personnel in its use in 2014. Drs. Paul Moreau and John Lilley also visited Babahoyo, where they gave instructions on an online reporting system, and tips for taking better photographs of X-rays.

Canadian Ambassador to Ecuador Pamela O'Donnell joined the CAMTA team at the hospital to see firsthand what we do. She spent an afternoon touring the OR and the Ward, observing part of a surgery and engaging with the team, patients and their families. Ambassador O'Donnell told the team that the work CAMTA does in Ecuador makes her very proud to be Canadian.

Ninety-two volunteers, from five Canadian provinces, one American state, and New Zealand, traveled to Quito to make the mission a success. Forty student translators from two high schools in Quito and several adult translators made explaining procedures to patients and their families much easier. We had two communications volunteers on-site to blog about the daily activities of the team. Other volunteers who stayed home in Canada gave their time and energy.

We received financial support from more than 1500 individuals and corporations, as well as donations of supplies and materials.  Rotary and Lions Clubs continue to support our work. A dozen Ecuadorean corporations donated food, supplies and medications.

Once again, we appreciate and value the team collaboration of the Tierra Nueva nurses, doctors, pharmacists, biomedical personnel and the social workers. 


Name Role
Adela Sandigo Gross RN – Ward – Adult
Alex Cabral Translator
Alex Webb Student – General
Alexandra Cevallos Translator
Aline Pourbaix Young Administration
Alyssa Chappell RN – Ward – Pediatric
Andrea Woo Physician - Family Practice
Andrew Broad Student – General
Angela Rogers
Armando Escalona Respiratory Therapist
Barb Moreau Administration
Ben Herman Resident - Orthopedics
Brenda Corie Physiotherapist
Cathy Moreau Lay Person
Cori Dysart RN – Operating Room – Adult
Deb Chalupa RN – Ward – Adult
Denis Joly Student – Medical
Dianne Cortez RN – Ward – Pediatric
Donna Brown RN – Operating Room – Pediatric
Edward Masson Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Adult
Eileen Guilfoyle RN – Operating Room – Pediatric
Erin Rezansoff RN – Recovery Room – Adult
Francisco Gallardo Translator
Glenn Day Respiratory Therapist
Gloria Ribero RN – Ward – Adult
Greg Zinter Information Technologist/Patient Admitting Clerk
Hannah Turner Translator
In Memory of Consuelo Alvarez Translator
Jackie McDonald RN – Operating Room – Adult
James Jarvis Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Pediatric
Janet Roberts Student – Medical
Janice Kung Communications – Mission Blogger
Jenn Kitzan Lay Person
Jennifer Jiang Student – General
Jim Raso Information Technologist/Patient Admitting Clerk
John Holmes Physician - Anesthesiologist - Adult
John Lilley Physician - Anesthesiologist - Pediatric
Judith Black Physiotherapist
Judith Chaffee RN – Ward – Adult
Justine Ferguson Physiotherapy Assistant
Kathy Bonitz RN – Operating Room – Adult
Keisha St. Arnaud RN – Operating Room – Adult
Khaled Almansoori Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Pediatric
Kristen Redhead Physiotherapist
Krystle Chilibecki Physiotherapist
Lisa Bleackley RN – Ward – Adult
Lori Finley RN – Recovery Room – Adult
Lucina M. Correa Translator
Lyn Demchuk RN – Operating Room – Adult
Lynne Korobanik RN – Recovery Room – Pediatric
Mairi Gordon RN – Recovery Room – Adult
Marc Moreau Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Pediatric
Marina MacLeod RN – Operating Room – Adult
Marta Mora Translator
Mary Hurlburt Physician - Family Practice
Matthew Moreau Travel Person/Logistics
Megan Cashin Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Pediatric
Melaney Storozynski RN – Operating Room – Pediatric
Natalie Buu Physician - Anesthesiologist - Pediatric
Natasha Lineham RN – Ward – Pediatric
Paul Moreau Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Adult
Paul Leung Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Adult
Pauline Worsfold RN – Recovery Room – Adult
Rachel Oates Physiotherapist
Rejean Cloutier Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Adult
Robin Dufresne RN – Ward – Adult
Sabrina Brown RN – Ward – Pediatric
Saifee Rashiq Physician - Anesthesiologist - Adult
Saison Demitor O.R. Technician
Sammy Ruiz Translator/Logistics
Sandra Henkel Communications – Mission Blogger
Sarah Lefebvre RN – Ward – Adult
Scott Moorman Student – General
Shannon Begg RN – Operating Room – Pediatric
Shelley McEachern RN – Operating Room – Adult
Shelly Carson RN – Ward – Adult
Steven Harkema Student – Nursing
Sumit Gupta Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Pediatric
Toby Cubitt Translator
Wendy Read Lay Person

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