April 17-22, 2015:  The Med Coll of WI and the U of MI surgical teams volunteered in Yantalo and performed a series of 11 GI congenital repairs in Peruvian children ages 2 months to 16 yrs. Including an 8 yr old child from Lima, with imperforated anal and vaginal areas.

The serumistas (recent graduates) from the Alto Mayo Region had a significant role in the pre and post stages of each surgical case.

Other surgeons initially attempted to repair the problem but could only create a colostomy because the problem was so complicated.

This boy was born with an abnormal connection between the gastrointestinal and urinary tracts and no anus. The American surgeons were able to successfully divide this abnormal connection with laparoscopy by making four small incisions that were less than 1 cm in size. Once the gastrointestinal tract was separated from the urethra, a new anus was constructed. The operation was successfully completed in the modern, newly constructed operating roam suite at the Yantalo Clinic in Yantalo, San Martin, Peru.

This same group of surgeons will return in several months to complete the series of operations that this child requires in order to be able to defecate through an anus he was no born with. This was the first minimally invasive operation successfully completed at the Yantalo Clinic.

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The Yantaló Clinic opened it’s doors this month.  One of the first operations comes a team of doctors from Emory University.  The group preforms surgeries on children and has started a humanitarian program.

A team of specialists in Pediatric Surgeries from Emory University in Atlanta, USA examined 24 preselected patients. Some were not in need of surgical interventions. Surgeries for 14 cases were selected and were operated in the Teaching Clinic Yantalo. Patients were aged 6 months to 14 years. Interventions included absence of esophagus, imperforate anus, epigastric hernia, inguinal hernia, hydrocele, orquidopexia and perianal warts.

The patients that came to Yantalo reside in Moyobamba, Marona, Rioja, Yuracyacu, Jepelacio, Tarapoto, Piura, Trujillo, Huancayo and Lima.
The duration of the surgeries was from 1 to 6 hours. Only two of the cases, due to their complexity, needed to remain in the clinic for two or three days, and had satisfactory recoveries. The twelve other cases returned to their homes after two hours of observation. There were zero complications.

The Atlanta Program Director, Dr. Amina … “Each case was discussed with the Alto Mayo Serumistas (Peruvian doctors doing their rural year of service).  Present were students of Medicine from University of San Marcos, San Martin de Porras University and Univeristy Ricardo Palma de Lima”.

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The University of Texas, Pacific Insurance (Peru) and the Yantaló Peru Foundation have donated 50 bicycles, safety hats and jackets to the children of Yantaló that walk 30 minutes or more, round trip, on their commute to school.

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A retired cardiologist and member of the Rotary Club of Gurnee, Illinois, USA, C. Luis Vasquez was taken aback by what he saw in Yantaló when he first visited in 2005.

A farming town with a population of 4,000, Yantaló sits in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon, about 5 miles from Moyobamba, the capital of the northern state of San Martín. It is the town where Vasquez’s mother, Adelina Soplin, was born in 1905.

Vasquez remembered the stories his mother had told him about the poor living conditions, the lack of medical care, and the subpar schools. Nothing had changed.

Within months, Vasquez, with his wife, Mary, and their three sons, had set up the Yantaló Peru Foundation.

Click here to read the full article published in Rotary magazine February 2013. 

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