Dr. Len Auman from Victory Medical Center Craig Ranch joined Faith in Practice Team 379, and set off to Retalhuleu, Guatemala, where the group would spend the next five days working at the local hospital.
Dr. Len Auman in Guatemala with Eddie Medelin, a pre-med student from UT-Pan American in McAllen.
Day one in Retalhuleu began bright and early at 6 a.m. After a filling breakfast and a 20-minute bus ride commute, Team 379 arrived at Hilario Galindo Hospital anxiously awaiting the day to come. Upon arrival, the group was greeted by the permanent medical staff, and taken on a tour through the hospital’s three operating rooms and two recovery rooms holding 12 beds each. Most of day one was spent interacting with the local people who filled the waiting room, getting to know the hospital’s medical team, and diligently preparing for the week of surgeries.
Day two began with a busy schedule, boasting 27 surgeries to be performed for civilians, some of whom traveled a far distance to receive medical treatment. Procedures such as hernia repair, circumcisions, dental work, gall stone removal, and undescended testicular surgery were all performed. Even though the patient-doctor conversation was limited because of language barriers, the civilians’ teary brown eyes revealed a sense of love and gratitude. And after a hard days work, Dr. Auman and the rest of Team 379 were excited at the many more healing procedures to be performed in the days to come.
Throughout the next week, the doctors saw patients with a variety of different ailments. Working before the sun rises and after the sun sets, the medical staff remained diligently at work, treating conditions such as hernias the size of grapefruits and gallstones the size of avocados. In a place like Retalhuleu, receiving medical treatment is not easy and having the opportunity to provide for this cause left the team feeling nothing short of a miracle.
By the fourth and final day, the mission team grew extremely close, and together had performed a variety of procedures, removing anything from bullets to tumors.
The last few moments at Hilario Galindo Hospital were spent in a time of positive reflection on all that had occurred in the past week. There was a beautiful moment of enlightenment shared between the team – Love is a powerful, healing tool, and what keeps the human race surviving is the unconditional assistance for struggling souls, world-wide.
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