This year our team of 93 volunteers – medical professionals and lay people – changed the lives of 58 Ecuadoreans and their families. We performed 35 procedures on 24 children, and did 39 hip replacements for 34 adults. Five of those adults had BOTH hips replaced and walked out of the hospital a few days later!

New for us this year – an on-site blood bank at Un Canto a la Vida Hospital which made it much easier for our patients to get blood if they needed transfusions. Previously, a patient’s family had to travel across Quito to pick up donated blood, when needed.

On the Saturday morning between Weeks One and Two, two of our CAMTA surgeons, Jaime Carvajal Alba and Jay Jarvis, presented at the first Tierra Nueva Foundation Conference on Orthopedics and Traumatology. Dr. Carvajal Alba’s talk on Coxartrosis (osteoarthritis of the hip) and Dr. Jarvis’ on Hip Dysplasia in Children arising from Fractures were well received by the local doctors, nurses and physiotherapists in attendance. We are already planning for the Second Annual Conference in 2016.

Pediatric LPN, Saison Demitor, taught CPR to local nurses and nursing students at the hospital on the second Wednesday morning. Saison is a CPR instructor for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Saison used a power point presentation, which had been translated in Spanish ahead of time, to review the basics of adult and child CPR, the Heimlich maneuver and the use of an AED (automated external defibrillator).

 And we are happy to say that ALL of our patients were discharged before we left Quito this year. This rarely happens. Patients who have surgery late in Week 2 often need to be cared for for a few extra days by the very competent staff at Un Canto a la Vida. Our timely discharges this year included a patient who had BOTH hips replaced on Friday and was able to walk and navigate stairs by Sunday morning! 

2015 Team Members

Adam PetriwTranslator
Adela Sandigo GrossRN – Ward – Adult
Alexandra TapiaTranslator
Aline Pourbaix YoungAdministration
Alyssa ChappellRN – Ward – Pediatric
Amanda TongRN – Operating Room – Pediatric
Andrea KreitzResident – Anesthesia
Andrew TiceResident – Orthopedics
Armin BadreResident – Orthopedics
Barb MoreauAdministration
Becca DayStudent – General
Brenda CoriePhysiotherapist
Candice KochanRespiratory Therapist
Cathy HutchinsonRN – Operating Room – Adult
Christine LakhramRN – Operating Room – Adult
Daniel LefebvreLay Person
Darlene HammellPhysician – Family Practice
Deb ChalupaRN – Ward – Adult
Deborah MearsLay Person
Dianne CortezRN – Ward – Pediatric
Don WeberPhysician – Orthopedic Surgeon – Adult
Don DickPhysician – Orthopedic Surgeon – Pediatric
Edward MassonPhysician – Orthopedic Surgeon – Adult
Erica GravesRN – Ward – Adult
Faisal KassamRN – Recovery Room – Adult
Florian RudolphPhysician – Anesthesiologist – Pediatric
Francisco GallardoTranslator
Glenn DayRespiratory Therapist
Greg ZinterInformation Technologist/Patient Admitting Clerk
Hannah TurnerTranslator
Heather PerlRN – Operating Room – Adult
Heather RaittRN – Operating Room – Adult
In Memory of Consuelo AlvarezTranslator
Ina VerheulO.R. Technician
Jaime A. Carvajal AlbaPhysician – Orthopedic Surgeon – Adult
James JarvisPhysician – Orthopedic Surgeon – Pediatric
Jane FletcherStudent – General
Jim RasoInformation Technologist/Patient Admitting Clerk
Joanne MontgomeryPhysiotherapist
Judith ChaffeeRN – Ward – Adult
Judith BlackPhysiotherapist
Julie CadrinRN – Ward – Pediatric
Jumjury HemmerichRN – Ward – Adult
Karen CalhounLay Person
Karla GambierRN – Operating Room – Pediatric
Kathryn FryPhysician – Anesthesiologist – Pediatric
Kathy BonitzRN – Operating Room – Adult
Kayla StricklandRN – Ward – Adult
Kristen RedheadPhysiotherapist
Krystal StevelyRN – Operating Room – Adult
Krystle ChilibeckiPhysiotherapist
Larry HermosoCommunications – Mission Blogger
Lisa BleackleyRN – Ward – Adult
Mairi GordonRN – Recovery Room – Adult
Marc MoreauPhysician – Orthopedic Surgeon – Pediatric
Mark RockleyStudent – Medical
Marta MoraTranslator
Mary HurlburtPhysician – Family Practice
Masaru YukawaPhysician – Anesthesiologist – Adult
Matthew MoreauTravel Person/Logistics
Michelle LordRN – Operating Room – Adult
Neha GuptaCommunications – Mission Blogger
Neil SaranPhysician – Orthopedic Surgeon – Pediatric
Norah McNaughtonLicensed Practical Nurse
Pauline WorsfoldRN – Recovery Room – Adult
Peggy ProdorLay Person
Peter MassonLay Person
Peter RatcliffLay Person
Rachael CheechooLay Person
Rachel OatesPhysiotherapist
Rachelle LonnebergStudent – General
Rae Lim-CheungRN – Operating Room – Pediatric
Rejean CloutierPhysician – Orthopedic Surgeon – Adult
Robin DufresneRN – Ward – Adult
Ryan PaulResident – Orthopedics
Ryan WrightPhysician – Family Practice
Saifee RashiqPhysician – Anesthesiologist – Adult
Saison DemitorO.R. Technician
Sammy RuizTranslator/Logistics
Samuel StetskoPhysician – Anesthesiologist – Adult
Sarah RoshkoStudent – Medical
Sebastian Rodriguez-ElizaldePhysician – Orthopedic Surgeon – Adult
Shaun CapicioRN – Operating Room – Pediatric
Simone La GuerreRN – Recovery Room – Adult
Sumit GuptaPhysician – Orthopedic Surgeon – Pediatric
Sydnie WeberStudent – General
Timothy SmithTranslator
Toby CubittTranslator
Tonya KennedyRN – Operating Room – Adult