Peace, Hope, Health, Safety, Completeness...
I absolutely love being a surgeon and working in an operating room. I enjoy the technical aspects of operating and performing the manual tasks of making an incision, meticulously dissecting anatomical structures, repairing pathology, suturing and tying knots and closing an incision at the end of a successful operation. However, sometimes it can be easy to forget the relevance of the work you do when you are in the middle of it. I was reminded of that impact when I went to talk to the mother of a child born with imperforate anus after we successfully finished a posterior sagittal anorectoplasty. I told her that the operation went very well without any complications and I was very pleased with the outcome. In my mind, I was thinking about the technical success of repairing pathology of the congenital defect in her son and I expected her to be pleased as well… She looked at me and began to cry. She told me that she never thought that this day would come. She never thought it would be possible that someone would be able to fix her baby and give him a chance at a normal life and she thanked me profusely. It completely caught me off guard and I began to cry as well. It was that moment that made me truly appreciate the importance the work that we do in pediatric surgery missions: to make a difference in children’s lives that would otherwise not be possible.
— Dean M. Anselmo, MD, FAAP
"The bonds that we make with the people while we are in Guatemala are so great. We can see how helping them has changed their lives bit I can also say the being with them changes my life each time I visit. They do more for me than I do for them."
— Ken Kleespies
While I participated in this mission with the intent of providing interpretation/translation services for the medical staff at Vanderbilt and the patients and staff in Guatemala, I soon realized that this experience is greater than me and that my services extended beyond breaking language barriers. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to be able to be the language liaison in providing medical care, hope and encouragement for families in Guatemala who otherwise would not have received such help. I believe we all must use our gifts, skills, experiences and circumstances to better our communities and world. Thus, I look forward to being able to continue to contribute my language services in Guatemala and other Spanish-speaking countries in the future.
— Rebecca Zanolini, Plastic Surgery Trip - Nov 2010
As a veteran of overseas orthopaedic work projects, the Moore model is unique: it provides the ability to perform sophisticated surgery in a modern safe environment with professional sub-specialty collegiality, teaching and follow-up care.
— Brian A. Shaw, MD, FAAP, FAAOS
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