I have been off the Blog lately. Busy, and also I took a few days off, for rest and Relaxation.
The Clinica Maxeña continues to serve the most needy. Patients illnesses are more complex now and also more costly. The National Health system is in continual crisis. Options for the POOR are few and one recent comment is REALITY; if you have money, YOU LIVE! if you don't YOU DIE! Our Mission is: " to make a difference"; we always choose LIFE.
We continue to reach out to other private institutions for HELP, whenever possible. There are more BRIGADES of DOCTORS from the United States, offering their services, in private institutions. Our own Clinic has begun advertisement for our bi annual EYE SURGERIES, scheduled in October 2012 and March 2013. These Doctors are from Montana and California.
One of our workers has also been bringing patients to two Catholic Hospitals, who offer general surgeries, for consult and dates for operations. These operations are at a cost of $100, which most of our patients can pay; some however are paid by donations to our Clinic. We also provide transportation, some diagnostic tests, accompaniment, and follow up. Surgeries include Gallbladder, Hysterectomies, Hernias, Plastic surgeries, Cleft Lip and Palate. These surgeries are presently scheduled in October too and the Hospitals are approximately two to three hours from the clinic. The Clinic is blessed to have two good vehicles for service of patients and errands.
Last week we brought an EMERGENCY eye patient to a Guatemalan Institution that serves patients for EYE Disease and SURGERY. This particular Institution, PRO CIEGOS of GUATEMALA, also accompanies our EYE DOCTORS, by providing a Guatemalan Ophtalmologic Medical Resident, when surgery is performed in the CLINIC. Unfortunately the GLAUCOMA was too advanced and Manuela is BLIND. The Doctor was able to provide pain relief and medication.
WE NEED DONATIONS TO CONTINUE TO RESPOND TO THE POOR!
Please donate on line at:
http://catalog.diocesehelena.org/Guatemala-Mission-c10/ for our work with the most POOR.
THANK YOU! SHEILA