A hectic last minute plane shuffle resulted in a new pilot,
Dale Smith, flying down his A-36. John Grube, with 170 trips'
experience, was in the right seat. Thanks, Dale, for pitching
in at the last
minute. The weather was hot and humid with scattered showers
around San Felipe.
Both medical and dental clinics were very lightly attended
due to the Mexican soccer team playing Argentina at the same
time of the clinic, and a fiesta and political rally for the
elections in an adjacent village.
Those patients that did attend were mostly ones with ongoing
medical problems. Eric McFarland MD made a patient consultation
call to Bob Gayou MD via computer on our solar satellite connection.
In the dental clinic teeth cleanings were very thoroughly done
by Lisa Beck, a service that is greatly needed and appreciated.
Fillings and extractions were
completed by the rest of the team.
Pilots: Craig Arcuri, Larry Cochran, Dale Smith, Ted Kenney
MD: Eric McFarland
Family Nurse Practitioner: Myra Cochran RN: Bobbie Bliss
EMT: Nick Abbot Pharmacy: Margo Kenney Helper: Elizabeth Erhart
INTERPRETERS: Susan Grube, Armando Hernandez DENTIST: John Grube
RDA: Tiara Lopez, Melodi Willis RDH: Lisa Beck
Next trip will be Oct 13. The pre
trip Barbeque and season kick off will be Sept 30, at the ranch
Robin and Nancy… more
info will follow.
October volunteers, call Melodi at (805) 736-7123.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!
Trip dates 2006 - Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 8
2007 - Jan 12, Feb 9, Mar 9, April 13, May 11, Jun 8
UPDATE ON ANGEL AGUILAR
The following is an update on Eustaquio’s
son, Angel. Aeromedicos, via Congresswoman Lois Capps’ office,
was able to get a humanitarian visa and provide transportation,
to a donation by Brian and Chari Coryat.
Angel Aguilar was injured in a construction accident May 26.
He experienced major trauma to the left side of his face and
forehead from a piece of rebar. He also lost his left eye.
Angel was in need of highly specialized medical care. Dr. Morton
Eye Care of San Diego heard about the story and without hesitation
wanted to help Angel by donating his surgical expertise. Angel
was also accepted into a program called Freshstart.
Freshstart is a nonprofit organization that helps people who
don’t have or qualify for insurance that are in need
of reconstructive surgery. It is estimated that Angel will
in excess of $40,000 in surgeries for free.
The obstacle was to get Angel to the U.S. on a visa so this
could all happen. Dr. Grube, of Aeromedicos in Santa Barbara,
through his congressperson and got visas for both Angel
and his wife Yadira in less than 2 weeks. Dr. Grube also
plane down to Mulege to pick up Angel and Yadira to bring
free of charge.
Angel received his first surgery on June 10. He was scheduled
for a 1 1/2 hour surgery. Five hours later 2 doctors and
a team of 20 were finished. The damage to Angel and the complexity
the surgery was severe. Dr. Morton, along with Dr. Ling,
rebuilt the left side of Angel’s face. They had to graft
muscle from Angel and rebuild his eye socket. They screwed together
some loose bones under his eyebrow. His cheekbone was completely
shattered, so Dr. Morton rebuilt the bone structure to form a
new cheek and did a cheek lift. Both of Angel's eye lids were
severed. They did plastic surgery on them so he will have normal
looking eye lids that operate correctly. Finally, they put a
conformer in his eye socket. This looks like a prosthetic eye.
This will be in temporarily until Gordon Kolberg builds his new
eye for him. Angel has at least a couple more surgeries to go
before he returns to San Juanico, Baja Sur. Thank you to everyone
who helped make this happen.
There is a website, www.angelsrecoveryfund.com, for more
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