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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 Nelson 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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