11334283_986012601451242_6643703528807352576_oMany thanks to the Methodist Dallas Medical Center group who came to the Yantalo Clinic for a one week medical and surgical mission to successfully complete operations on 36 children. In addition, they saw 300 patients that were managed medically. The  team, including physicians and medical students from the US, and doctors and serums from Peru, performed cleft palette and ear reconstruction surgeries. They removed tumors, removed extra fingers or toes, and did skin grafts on kids with sever scars. Medical students from the University of Illinois and UT Southwestern Medical Center also assisted during surgery, while social work and public health students from the Brown School at Washington University provided support, outreach, and resources to the children, families, and medical professionals.10986489_983293158389853_8905887973513373508_o



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And at the end of the visit, some of the group climbed the Morro de Calzada. What a view!




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50 bikes were donated along with helmets and bags for Yantalo children who walk 30-minutes or longer to get to the Dionisio Ocampo Chávez School. Special thanks to Dr. Pablo Uceda, Ms. Luciana Fuente, and the Texas Irish Foundation for coordinating the donations. The boys and girls are very grateful for the “Bike to School” program which is in it’s second year here.

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Creating an environment where the little ones can stretch their minds and imaginations with a splash of color for the kids’ indoor play area. Thanks to those who helped paint this for the kids at the Yantalo Clinic!

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April 17-22, 2015:  Surgical teams from the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Michigan volunteered in Yantalo to perform a series of 11 GI congenital repairs in Peruvian children, ages 2 months to 16 years old. This included an 8 year old child from Lima with imperforated anal and vaginal areas.

The serumistas, recent medical 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 room suite at the clinic.

The same group of surgeons will return in several months to complete the series of operations that this child needs in order to be able to defecate through an anus he was not born with. This was the first minimally invasive operation successfully completed at the Yantalo Clinic.

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The Yantalo Clinic opened it’s doors this month.  A team of doctors from Emory University came for one of the first operations.  The group preformed surgeries on children and has started a humanitarian program.

A team of specialists in Pediatric Surgeries from Emory University in Atlanta, examined 24 preselected patients. Some were not in need of surgical interventions, however, surgeries for 14 cases were selected to have operation in the Yantalo Clinic. Patients ages ranged from 6 months to 14 years old. Interventions included the absence of an 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. There were no complications; however, due to their complexity, two of the cases needed to remain in the clinic for two or three days. They both had satisfactory recoveries. The 12 other cases returned home after two hours of observation.

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

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