We are happy to announce our June mission was very successful. Under the leadership of Veronique Diriker, the La Merced team treated over 320 patients and touch the lives of the poorest families in Managua, Nicaragua.
Patients in the Roberto Clemente Clinic arrived with problems ranging from sebaceous cysts to severely arthritic shoulders. Our medical providers removed over 100 of such lesions and injected over 300 joints.
In the hospital, the La Merced team performed knee replacements on twenty patients who otherwise never would be able to walk again without excruciating pain. And, patients with crippling hand disorders underwent corrective hand surgery.
In community outreach, La Merced visited the poorest families in the barrio, Tipitapa and at El Faro, and distributed medical supplies and treated patients according to need.
Through the Neo Fund, La Merced has made a $500 donation to El Faro, a ministry and long-term community established for the most destitute children in Managua. This donation resulted from a grant awarded to Paulina Erices and Veronique Diriker.
Every member of the 2016 traveling brigade said experience in Nicaragua was overwhelming and very rewarding, and each of them plan on returning. Currently the organization is developing missions for January and June of 2017.
OUR 2016 TRAVELING TEAM:
Oluwatosin Abayomi – pharmacy student
Melissa Campbell – interpreter and pre-medical student
Veronique Diriker – team leader
Paulina Erices – interpreter
Mark Freebery – pharmacist and instructor
Max Mault – representative, Stryker Corporation
Abby Martin – premed student
Karina Mendez – medical assistant
Boyd Nilsen – premed student
David Nilsen – orthopedic surgeon
Cynthia Rilling – director of clinic
Kent Rilling – physician assistant
Geoffrey Saunders – general surgeon
Geoffrey Saunders, Jr – pharmacy student
Darshdeep Singh – orthopedic surgeon
Scott Vonschoff – representative, Stryker Corporation
MAJOR SPONSORS FOR 2016:
We are grateful to Ryan Mault, representative of Stryker Corporation, for recruiting the entire orthopedic surgery team for the 2016 mission.
Also, much thanks to members of the Fiesta Committee for making our 2016 fundraiser a resounding success:
• Shirley Blackwell
• Julie Parrish
• Laurie Pierce
• Tina Perrotta