Third World Surgical Mission Through the Eyes of a High School Senior

Third World Surgical Mission Through the Eyes of a High School Senior
Brianna Nichols - Thu Dec 19, 2013 @ 01:12PM
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October 27, 2013

This past week, I went to the Dominican Republic for a medical mission trip with Hispaniola Medical Charity group. The group performed surgery on 64 patients in 4 days who would have not been able to get that treatment if we didn't come to help. I have no experience, but I was able to help out everywhere - from helping the nurses and doctors screening patients on the first day and helping to organize the area, unpacking equipment, moving patients from one area to another, and so much more! I was even able to scrub in on some of the surgeries, learning so much from the surgeons and the anesthesiologist. We worked in a public hospital with minimal air conditioning, and I was so not used to that. I couldn't brush my teeth using the faucet water, to flush the toilet you have to pour water out of a bucket, and you don't flush the toilet paper! Being there made me realize that I do not need all these fancy clothes and materials to survive. I know I learned more in the Dominican Republic about life than I would have at school. I'm so thankful that my mom, Suzy Colley Moon was able to share this experience with me, and so grateful to Hispaniola Medical Charity for allowing me to be a part of such a wonderful mission!

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