In June 2010 a group of seven volunteers, including three high school students, traveled to Flores, Honduras. During the week, we met with former patients, current patients and perspective patients including children with opthamology, cardiac, orthopedic and psychiatric issues. Some of these cases will be able to be treated within Honduras by local doctors and visiting medical brigades from the United States. Others will have to travel to Boston for their treatment. We had the opportunity of visiting the public school in Flores and sharing Pen Pal letters written by children from Pilgrim Congregational Church and Diamond Middle School in Lexington.
Dr. Tom met with the health administrator from the Public Health Center to discuss their dire needs for medical equipment and medications. Currently, there is a doctor in place for one year and she is extremely busy with an epidemic of Dengue fever.
Emily attended a meeting with Plan Honduras who is in the midst of conducting a field study in Flores to determine the best options (culturally and financially) to bring clean water to this village.
We had the opportunity of visiting the children at Casa Hogar Vida y Libertad, an orphanage in Siguetepeque. This beautiful home is run by “Tina” who lovingly cares for 34 children. At the end of the week, we met with patients from Shriners Hospital in Boston who receive their follow-up treatment from Omar Fernandez, PT at CEFISE in San Pedro Sula. We returned to Boson on July 1st with Noel Gomez who is receiving continued cardiac monitoring from Tufts Medical Center. We look forward to returning to Honduras in December.