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2015 Mission

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

Name Role  
Adam Petriw Translator  
Adela Sandigo Gross RN – Ward – Adult  
Alexandra Tapia Translator  
Aline Pourbaix Young Administration  
Alyssa Chappell RN – Ward – Pediatric  
Amanda Tong RN – Operating Room – Pediatric  
Andrea Kreitz Resident - Anesthesia  
Andrew Tice Resident - Orthopedics  
Armin Badre Resident - Orthopedics  
Barb Moreau Administration  
Becca Day Student – General  
Brenda Corie Physiotherapist  
Candice Kochan Respiratory Therapist  
Cathy Hutchinson RN – Operating Room – Adult  
Christine Lakhram RN – Operating Room – Adult  
Daniel Lefebvre Lay Person  
Darlene Hammell Physician - Family Practice  
Deb Chalupa RN – Ward – Adult  
Deborah Mears Lay Person  
Dianne Cortez RN – Ward – Pediatric  
Don Weber Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Adult  
Don Dick Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Pediatric  
Edward Masson Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Adult  
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  
Hannah Turner Translator  
Heather Perl RN – Operating Room – Adult  
Heather Raitt RN – Operating Room – Adult  
In Memory of Consuelo Alvarez Translator  
Ina Verheul O.R. Technician  
Jaime A. Carvajal Alba Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Adult  
James Jarvis Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Pediatric  
Jane Fletcher Student – General  
Jim Raso Information Technologist/Patient Admitting Clerk  
Joanne Montgomery Physiotherapist  
Judith Chaffee RN – Ward – Adult  
Judith Black Physiotherapist  
Julie Cadrin RN – Ward – Pediatric  
Jumjury Hemmerich RN – Ward – Adult  
Karen Calhoun Lay Person  
Karla Gambier RN – Operating Room – Pediatric  
Kathryn Fry Physician - Anesthesiologist - Pediatric  
Kathy Bonitz RN – Operating Room – Adult  
Kayla Strickland RN – Ward – Adult  
Kristen Redhead Physiotherapist  
Krystal Stevely RN – Operating Room – Adult  
Krystle Chilibecki Physiotherapist  
Larry Hermoso Communications – Mission Blogger  
Lisa Bleackley RN – Ward – Adult  
Mairi Gordon RN – Recovery Room – Adult  
Marc Moreau Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Pediatric  
Mark Rockley Student – Medical  
Marta Mora Translator  
Mary Hurlburt Physician - Family Practice  
Masaru Yukawa Physician - Anesthesiologist - Adult  
Matthew Moreau Travel Person/Logistics  
Michelle Lord RN – Operating Room – Adult  
Neha Gupta Communications – Mission Blogger  
Neil Saran Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Pediatric  
Norah McNaughton Licensed Practical Nurse  
Pauline Worsfold RN – Recovery Room – Adult  
Peggy Prodor Lay Person  
Peter Masson Lay Person  
Peter Ratcliff Lay Person  
Rachael Cheechoo Lay Person  
Rachel Oates Physiotherapist  
Rachelle Lonneberg Student – General  
Rae Lim-Cheung RN – Operating Room – Pediatric  
Rejean Cloutier Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Adult  
Robin Dufresne RN – Ward – Adult  
Ryan Paul Resident - Orthopedics  
Ryan Wright Physician - Family Practice  
Saifee Rashiq Physician - Anesthesiologist - Adult  
Saison Demitor O.R. Technician  
Sammy Ruiz Translator/Logistics  
Samuel Stetsko Physician - Anesthesiologist - Adult  
Sarah Roshko Student – Medical  
Sebastian Rodriguez-Elizalde Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Adult  
Shaun Capicio RN – Operating Room – Pediatric  
Simone La Guerre RN – Recovery Room – Adult  
Sumit Gupta Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Pediatric  
Sydnie Weber Student – General  
Timothy Smith Translator  
Toby Cubitt Translator  
Tonya Kennedy RN – Operating Room – Adult  

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