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2017 project: Georgetown, Guyana


Patient Stories

Hospital Municipal Julia Santana, Tamayo, Dominican Republic - 2012

Sanatorio Adventista De Asuncion, Asuncion, Paraguay - 2011

Brian, Age 11 — Separation of webbed fingers
Brian was born with all the fingers of each hand webbed together. In 2008 the Legacy team separated the middle and ring finger of each hand and in 2011 the Legacy team separated the remaining fingers. He was excited to have this final surgery and did not mind having both hands bandaged, smiling from the very first time we saw him.

  • Brian

Daisy, Age 9 — Removal of extra toes
Daisy was born with extra fingers on each hand and extra toes on each foot. In 2008 the Legacy team removed the extra fingers, and in 2011 the Legacy team removed the extra toes. She was happy to be like the other children, wearing a new pair of flip flops from Legacy.

  • Daisy
  • Daisy

Samaniego brothers, Age 3, 6, 12 — Removal of extra fingers
The Three Samaniego brothers were born with a free index finger but the other three fingers on each hand were webbed together. The Legacy team separated the fingers and placed skin grafts to facilitate motion.

  • Samaniego brothers
  • Samaniego brothers
  • Samaniego brothers

Davis Memorial Hospital, Georgetown, Guyana - 2010

Velina, Age 27 — Removal of facial tumor
Velina was about 5 years old when a very small growth began spreading slowly until it covered the greater portion of her left cheek. Velina was flown to Georgetown from her distant home in the interior where a CAT scan revealed the growth was only skin deep. The tumor was easily removed by Dr. Steve and repaired with a skin graft by Dr. Tim, Dr. Colin and Dr. Roxane.

  • Velina
  • Velina

Elizabeth, Age 46 — Cleft palate repair
Elizabeth heard about the medical clinics in the Georgetown area and went to the Ephesus location with her brother. After Dr. Julie discovered that Elizabeth had a cleft palate that had never been repaired Elizabeth was sent to the Davis Memorial Hospital where Dr. Steve repaired her palate a couple of hours later. She was delighted to finally have the operation after so many years. Although her parents had an opportunity to get her palate repaired, when another child died after the same operation they decided to cancel. She never had the opportunity again, until our clinic.

  • Elizabeth
  • Elizabeth

Noel, Age 9 — Release of right hand contractures
Noel suffered severe burns to his right hand. The contractures in his right hand were released by Dr. Mark.

  • Montel
  • Montel

Jocelyn, Age 39 — Release of neck contractures
Jocelyn, who had suffered extensive burns to her lower lip, neck and arms asked Dr. Steve "Can you make me look good so I can get a job?" Dr. Steve released the contractures in her neck.

  • Jocelyn
  • Jocelyn

Municipal Hospital, Chimaltenango, Guatemala - 2004

Joselyn, Age 5 — Separation of webbed fingers
Joselyn had several anomalies including a previously repaired bilateral cleft lip and palate as well as multiple webbed fingers and toes. Rejected by her mother at birth, she was raised by her paternal grandmother. Dr. Steve separated the third and fourth fingers on her left hand.

  • Joselyn
  • Joselyn
  • Joselyn

Jonathan, Age 9 — Placement of tissue expander
Jonathan was badly burned when he ran into a cousin who had come out of the house with a pan of hot oil to dump outside, resulting in a terrible scar which limited his neck motion. Dr. Steve placed a tissue expander in Jonathan's chest near the scar tissue to allow the unburned skin to stretch, which would later be used to revise and cover the area after the scar tissue had been removed.

Jonathan, Age 9 — Removal of tissue expander
Dr. Ernesto, a Guatemalan plastic surgeon, removed the tissue expander after six months and completed the first skin graft.

  • Jonathan
  • Jonathan
  • Jonathan

Municipal Hospital, Chimaltenango, Guatemala - 2005

Jonathan, Age 10 — Placement of second tissue expander
Dr. Steve placed the second tissue expander in January 2005 to recruit more skin growth.

La Loma Luz Hospital, San Ignacio, Belize - 2005

Carlitos, Age 8 — Extensive scar release
Left unattended by his mother, seven year old Carlitos was severely burned while pouring gasoline on a trash fire. When his mother heard him screaming, she quickly pulled his clothes off, resulting in the burned skin coming off with the clothing. The burns healed, leaving very thick scarring and overall skin shortage. In surgery, scar tissue was released to allow him to move his arm and shoulder.

  • Carlitos
  • Carlitos

Luis, Age 9 months — Cleft lip repair

  • Luis
  • Luis

Municipal Hospital, Chimaltenango, Guatemala - 2005

Angel, Age 14 — Scar release in axilla, elbow and wrist reconstruction
Angel was badly burned with hot soup when he was about four years old and could not straighten his elbow for ten years. In a four hour surgery, while Dr. Steve released the scarring and harvested skin from the groin area for the graft, nurses Lisa and Cheri sutured the edges together.

  • Angel
  • Angel

Ana Stahl Clinic, Iquitos, Peru - 2006

Leandro, Age 1 — Cleft lip repair

  • Leandro
  • Leandro

Patricia, Age 11 — Scar release, wrist reconstruction
Patricia was eight years old when she injured her left hand in a sugar mill accident, resulting in severe scarring, contractures and inability to use her hand, wrist or forearm. She traveled with her mother by river launch for four days to Iquitos for surgery. Dr. Steve was able to release the thick scarring to restore the use of her hand.

  • Patricia
  • Patricia
  • Patricia

Julio Cesar, Age 9 — Release of axilla, elbow and wrist contractures
Julio Cesar was seven when he was severely burned in a fire. Dr. Steve was able to release the contractures in his axilla, elbow and wrist.

  • Julio Cesar
  • Julio Cesar

Valle De Angeles Hospital, Honduras - 2007

Marvin, Age 34 — Forehead restoration
Marvin sustained a head injury when the car he was riding in went out of control and hit a wall. Dr. Steve resculpted his forehead with titanium mesh and bone cement to build up the bone and obtain a smooth surface.

  • Marvin
  • Marvin
  • Marvin

Jose, Age 32 — Release of contractures in fingers
Jose was burned in a house fire caused by fireworks when he was twelve years old. His fingers and hands continued to grow larger, but the scarred skin on the back of his hands did not, pulling his fingertips towards his wrist, which caused his knuckles to dislocate, rendering his hands useless. Dr. Steve released these scars and temporarily pinned his knuckles in the correct position.

  • Jose
  • Jose
  • Jose

Video of Jose 3 months after surgery - Click the video to play

Sanatorio Adventista De Asuncion, Paraguay - 2008

Paulo, Age 71 — Inguinal hernia repair
After ten years with an unrepaired hernia, Paulo traveled eight hours by bus from a distant province to Asuncion where Dr. Roxane and Dr. Alberto surgically repaired his hernia.

  • Paulo

Amada, Age 20 — Ear reconstruction
Amada was born with a deformed right ear. Dr. Ernesto made a mold from the left ear and used the mold as a template for the construction of the right ear. He harvested a piece of rib cartilage which he used to form the framework and then inserted this framework into the appropriate position.

  • Amada
  • Amada
  • Amada

Adrian, Age 9 — Removal of large thorn
Adrian was cutting coco palm fronds to feed the cows when one of the branches fell on his arm and a large thorn penetrated his elbow. He was taken to the local hospital where the doctor attempted to find the large thorn. After two weeks of much discomfort, his sister traveled six hours to his home in order to bring him to Asuncion. The physician who treated him was unable to remove the thorn and they were quite disappointed at this outcome. When they were almost ready to go back to his home, they were notified that the "Americans" were holding a clinic in the local barracks that day and they could seek help there. Dr. Steve happened to be at this clinic and told the sister to bring Adrian to the hospital "tomorrow" so he could remove the thorn. After three hours of intense searching the thorn was successfully removed.

  • Adrian
  • Adrian

Concepcion, Age 45 — Excision of gluteal tumor
After twenty years of tumor growth, Concepcion had difficulty sitting and required special clothing. Dr. Jon removed the large tumor.

  • Concepcion
  • Concepcion
  • Concepcion

Mwami Adventist Hospital, Chipata, Zambia - 2009

Rhoda, Age 3 — Full skin grafts to face and hand
About six weeks before the medical team arrived, Rhoda severely burned her face, head, right arm and hand when she fell into a cooking fire. The day after her skin grafts were put in place by Dr. Steve and Dr. Salim, she was sitting up and eating her nshima (porridge) with her left hand. She was able to go home about a month after her surgery.

  • Rhoda
  • Rhoda

Infant, Newborn — Emergency resuscitation
Just delivered by Cesarean Section, the newborn baby was in respiratory distress. Dr. Jeffrey inserted a breathing tube and Dr. Jon inserted a central line to resuscitate the baby. Thanks to Dr. Jeffrey, Dr. Jon and CRNA Bonnie, the baby was discharged several days later.

  • Newborn
  • Newborn

Mary, Age 49 — Excision of large leg mass
After years of growth, the tumor on Mary's leg weighed about twelve pounds. Dr. Mark removed it and placed full skin grafts in the ankle area.

  • Mary
  • Mary

 

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