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Going the Distance to Save Lives

lutheranhonduras100A volunteer team of surgeons, nurses, physician assistants, technicians, and speech/language/hearing experts head to Honduras for a weeklong mission to provide free medical services. The medical volunteers will provide life-saving surgeries for children at a local hospital in Tela. As one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere (second only to Haiti), the region’s children suffer from a high rate of childhood illnesses that are often left uncared for. This is their 12th mission to the country. In the last two years alone, the team examined more than 732 patients and performed 94 successful surgical procedures. The volunteers pay their own expenses and have raised much needed money to purchase medical supplies and gifts for the local children.  Lutheran HealthCare, located in Brooklyn, NY, has been involved with the mission since 1999.  You can read more on their web site.