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Surgical Missions International

Serving In Belize
May 2, 2015
Community: Orange Walk
Staff: Mary Holsman

We Are Here :)

by Mary | May 2, 2015 7:57 PM

After getting all our medical supplies through customs (which was a breeze), we ate a delicious lunch at Eustice's BBQ - - - yummy :) We then boarded the bus for the hour+ ride to our mission site, the Northern Regional Hospital in Orange Walk.
We Are Here :)

Clients for Surgery

by Mary | May 4, 2015 7:26 AM

As we arrived at the hospital Sunday morning we were greeted by a full waiting room - - - people seeking consult regarding surgery.
Clients for Surgery

Medical Supplies

by Mary | May 4, 2015 7:30 AM

The medical supplies were hauled into the hospital, and the surgical staff 'set up shop' :)
Medical Supplies

Altun Ha

by Mary | May 4, 2015 7:34 AM

Late Sunday afternoon we traveled to a Mayan Site called Altun Ha. This site dates back to 1500 BC - - - as described by our colorful tour guide, Ann Marie.
Altun Ha

Coconut Water

by Mary | May 4, 2015 7:41 AM

At the Mayan Site we enjoyed fresh, nourishing coconut water :}
Coconut Water

First Surgery Day

by Mary | May 5, 2015 7:48 AM

Once we did acclimate to our new surgical environment - - - our surgery day became more fluent and we were able to complete the 25 surgeries by 8PM. The schedule included primarily of cholecystectomies, tonsillectomies, and hernia repairs. This youngster is looking forward to a popsicle to sooth his sore throat.
First Surgery Day

Ready for surgery

by Mary | May 6, 2015 7:35 AM

Dr Richard and Dr Kevin visit with Mom and patient prior to surgery. Tuesday was another full day of surgery with 27 cases, starting around 9AM and ending around 9PM. Pray for a good night's rest and renewed strength.
Ready for surgery


by Mary | May 6, 2015 7:41 AM

Words of encouragement, prayer, and hugs of love are offered to the patients and family members as they wait.


by Mary | May 7, 2015 8:54 AM

The anesthesia staff preps and monitors the patient for surgery.

Surgery in Progress

by Mary | May 7, 2015 9:02 AM

Working alongside the Belizean surgical staff has been enjoyable and rewarding :)
Surgery in Progress

Post-anesthesia care

by Mary | May 7, 2015 10:23 PM

Each surgical patient spent a minimum of one hour in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit before transferring to the Recovery Room.
Post-anesthesia care

Recovery Care

by Mary | May 7, 2015 10:27 PM

Tender loving care from the recovery room nurses :)
Recovery Care

New Belize Food

by Mary | May 7, 2015 10:31 PM

We have had fun all week long trying new Belizean foods :)
New Belize Food

Nurse Lupe

by Mary | May 7, 2015 10:35 PM

Our group celebrating with Nurse Lupe (local medical contact person) at the completion of our last day of surgery.
Nurse Lupe

Caye Caulker

by Mary | May 9, 2015 8:50 PM

On Friday we traveled to Caye Caulker to enjoy a day at the beach and snorkel near the barrier reef - - - and tickle the tummy of a 'nurse' shark :)
Caye Caulker

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Val Haberkorn

May 7, 2015 7:32 AM

Wow! Praise the Lord for His provision!!!

Linda Marklund

May 6, 2015 11:23 AM

Thank you for the updates. God is Good!

Holly Mirau

May 4, 2015 2:07 PM

What a great looking team! I'm thinking of you all and praying for your week in Belize. I can't wait to read the stories - wish I was with you!

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