In addition to a fabulous group of talented, dedicated and giving individuals, I was lucky enough to be joined on this mission by my daughter and my wife. My daughter is an experienced volunteer although this was her first medical mission. She has been volunteering in Israel on the ambulance service after being certified as a First Responder. She was able to help play with our pediatric patients, assist in bandaging and act as a circulator in the operating room getting supplies and instruments for the surgical techs. She was also able to assist me in inserting iv catheters and managing airways during surgery; quite an experience for a young middle-class American teen. She rose to the occasion and was able to focus on the extensive needs of many extremely poor people.
Thoughts from a medical mission – better to give than receive.
I’ve just returned from volunteering on a medical mission in Colombia. It has been several years since I was there and many changes have taken place since that time. The city is much safer with much less need for continuous security protection. The hospital is now affiliated with a university and the facilities are more advanced. And the hospital-based physicians are much better educated and trained as compared to some of the other locations at which we have volunteered.