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Over the past several days, I’ve shared various aspects of what our team is doing here in Guatemala. Most of the members of our team have specific roles that keep them primarily in one place—the surgeons and techs are in the ORs and the nurses are in the nursing wards. Unlike them, I have a unique opportunity to see how it all comes together. I thought you might enjoy seeing that too, so I asked one of our patients, Mirna, if she’d let us follow her through her surgery start to finish, and tell her story.
Mirna, soon to be 39, lives and works just a few minutes from Hilario Galindo Hospital. She’s a sixth grade teacher at a school which bears the same name—Hilario Galindo (Señor Galindo was clearly a generous benefactor to this community).
Two years ago, Mirna discovered she needed surgery. As a school employee, Mirna is entitled to receive care at what Guatemalans call the “Workers’ Hospital." But like so many of our patients have told us, trying to get surgery at the Workers’ Hospital is a long, drawn-out process that can take one to two years. In addition, the hospital doesn’t offer laparoscopic surgery.
Mirna learned about the opportunity to have surgery at Hilario Galindo hospital through a local TV broadcast about the work we are doing here with Faith In Practice. After the necessary physician consultations and tests, she was referred to Hilario Galindo for surgery this week.
Arriving at the hospital at 6:00 am yesterday, Mirna was nervous—she’d never had anesthesia before. She didn’t have too much time to worry, as she was wheeled into surgery by 11:00. An hour later, she was on her way to post-op recovery. She was cared for by our nurses until they left the hospital around 7:30 pm, at which time the Hilario Galindo nurses took over.
This morning Mirna’s surgeon, Dr. Rich Krug, met with her to see how she was feeling. When he walked in, she was on her cell phone—her students started calling her last night to see how she was feeling, and were still calling her this morning. By 10:30, Mirna was feeling great, and was ready to be discharged.
Before she left, Mirna told us how grateful she was for Faith In Practice, and the work they’re doing at Hilario Galindo Hospital. She thanked us for putting our faith into practice by coming to serve the people of Guatemala. She said Faith In Practice is the perfect name to represent what we do.
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