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2016 Mission

In 2016, CAMTA’s team of 90 volunteers - medical professionals and lay people - changed the lives of 69 Ecuadoreans and their families. We performed 35 procedures on 31 children and did 43 hip replacements for 38 adults. Five of those adults had BOTH hips replaced and walked out of the hospital a few days later!

We are happy to say that ALL of our patients were discharged before we left Quito that year. This doesn't always happen. Patients who have surgery late in Week Two often need to be cared for for a day or two by Dr. Manuel Ordoñez and the very competent staff at Un Canto a la Vida Hospital. Quito's Dr. Ordoñez saw or heard from all of our patients  shortly after the CAMTA team left Ecuador in March 2016 and all was well with everyone!

It's not all surgery. Four of our CAMTA surgeons and a resident presented at the Second Annual Tierra Nueva Foundation Conference on Orthopedics and Traumatology. Their talks were well received by local doctors, orthopedic residents and physiotherapists in attendance. We are already planning for the Third Conference in 2017.

We taught CPR to local nurses and nursing students, reviewing the basics of adult and child CPR, the Heimlich maneuver and the use of an AED (automated external defibrillator).

CAMTA physiotherapists met with  Ecuadorian physiotherapists and, with assistance from translators, discussed commonalities and differences between physiotherapy diagnostic and assessment protocols between the two countries. Future presentations, shadowing and information sharing will continue to build a collaborative relationship between the CAMTA  and the Tierra Nueva physiotherapists.  

And, as always, CAMTA ward nurses found ample opportunities throughout the Mission to share knowledge on the care of post-op orthopedic patients. 

2016 Team Members:

Name Role  
Adam Petriw Translator  
Adela Sandigo Gross RN – Ward – Adult  
Alessandra Gessner Physician - Family Practice  
Alexandra Tapia Translator  
Aline Pourbaix Young Administration  
Alyssa Chappell RN – Ward – Pediatric  
Anika Boulay Student - General  
April Olsen Student - General  
Ashlee Dobbe Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Pediatric  
Barb Moreau Administration  
Bazilia Da Silva Physiotherapist  
Beverly Runka RN – Recovery Room – Pediatric  
Blair Gallant Respiratory Therapist  
Brian Iniguez & Cybil Stephens Other  
Carolyn Hui Physician - Anesthesiologist - Adult  
Carolyn Perry Lay Person  
Cathy Moreau Lay Person  
Cathy Hutchinson RN – Operating Room – Adult  
Christine Lai RN – Operating Room – Pediatric  
Dan Bruha Lay Person  
Dana Deverdenne RN – Recovery Room – Pediatric  
Daniel Lefebvre Lay Person  
Deb Chalupa RN – Ward – Adult  
Dianne Cortez RN – Ward – Pediatric  
Don Dick Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Pediatric  
Donna Brown RN – Operating Room – Pediatric  
Donna Gray Lay Person  
Edward Masson Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Adult  
Emily Coggles Physiotherapist  
Erica Gallardo RN – Ward – Adult  
Faisal Kassam RN – Recovery Room – Adult  
Florian Rudolph Physician - Anesthesiologist - Pediatric  
Francisco Gallardo Translator  
Glenn Day Respiratory Therapist  
Greg Zinter Information Technologist/Patient Admitting Clerk  
Heather Perl RN – Operating Room – Adult  
Ian Stefanuk Student – General  
In Memory of Consuelo Alvarez Translator  
Jackie Wiebe Administration  
Jacqueline Bron Translator  
Jalal Nanji Resident - Anesthesia  
James Jarvis Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Pediatric  
Jenna So RN – Operating Room – Adult  
Jim Raso Information Technologist/Patient Admitting Clerk  
Joanne Montgomery Physiotherapist  
Judith Chaffee RN – Ward – Adult  
Julianna Deutscher Communications – Mission Blogger  
Julie Cadrin RN – Ward – Pediatric  
Justine Ferguson Physiotherapy Assistant  
Karen Calhoun Lay Person  
Kathy Bonitz RN – Operating Room – Adult  
Kayla Strickland RN – Ward – Adult  
Kristen Redhead Physiotherapist  
Lisa Bleackley RN – Ward – Adult  
Mairi Gordon RN – Recovery Room – Adult  
Marc Moreau Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Pediatric  
Mary Hurlburt Physician - Family Practice  
Masaru Yukawa Physician - Anesthesiologist - Adult  
Matthew Moreau Travel Person/Logistics  
Megan Howlett Student - General  
Megan Cashin Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Pediatric  
Melisa Martin RN – Ward – Adult  
Michele Derbyshire RN – Operating Room – Pediatric  
Michelle Lord RN – Operating Room – Adult  
Nayef Dajim Resident - Orthopedics  
Neil Saran Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Pediatric  
Norah Matthies Resident - Orthopedics  
Pamela Potter Lay Person  
Paul Moreau Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Adult  
Paul Leung Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Adult  
Pauline Worsfold RN – Recovery Room – Adult  
Peggy Prodor Lay Person  
Rachel Oates Physiotherapist  
Rebecca Gray Translator  
Ricardo Rodas RN – Operating Room – Adult  
Robert Potter Lay Person  
Robert Seal Physician - Anesthesiologist - Pediatric  
Ryan Paul Resident - Orthopedics  
Ryan Wright Physician - Family Practice  
Saifee Rashiq Physician - Anesthesiologist - Adult  
Saison Demitor O.R. Technician  
Sammy Ruiz Translator/Logistics  
Savanna Rudland RN – Operating Room – Adult  
Sebastian Rodriguez-Elizalde Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Adult  
Shannon Powell RN – Ward – Pediatric  
Simone La Guerre RN – Recovery Room – Adult  
Stephanie Stacey Physician - Family Practice  
Tegan McGraw RN – Ward – Pediatric  
Timothy Kostamo Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Adult  
Timothy Smith Translator  
Toby Cubitt Translator  
Wendy Read Lay Person  

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