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Day 6 it’s a wrap – We transformed 41 lives!

Day 6 we finish with all surgeries. What a week it was. We transformed 41 lives. Just look at all the beautiful Austin Smiles!

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Day 6 – Seeing Double

By Suzanne Chandler. Meet 37 year old Jennifer and Kimberly Zachary PACU nurses. They have been on five Mission trips. Three were in El Salvador and Two in Guatemala. They were recruited by friends to participate in the Austin Smiles Mission. Guess what they are hooked! This year is an extra special blessing as they are able to bring their mom Brenda Zachary. Brenda is their inspiration she is also a nurse. She has an associates degree from Temple college and has worked nearly 40 years as a pediatric home health nurse. Both Jennifer and Kimberly attended UT Austin for their undergraduate degree. Jennifer has gone on to get her masters at UT Health in San Antonio and in now a nurse practitioner at Radiclinic. Kimberly has just finished her masters degree from UT Arlington. She will sit for her NP exam next month. Kim works at Dell Children’s. Neurology is their expertise. They enjoy traveling and being with friends and...

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Day 5 – Team Austin Smiles in Action

By Susan Chandler. All for one and one for all….. Yay team! Team Austin Smiles Guatemala 2018! See all of their coordinated efforts to make this mission possible! With the hands of precision The capabilities in the human hands are so fascinating.  See how these surgeons  manipulate, oppose, translate and facilitate and put together these beautiful Austin Smiles!

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Day 4 – More Smiles and Blessings

By Suzanne Chandler. Alicia is with her dad. She comes with tears of joy! They traveled 18 kilometers to get her cleft palate repaired. Her father was unsure if they would be able to follow through because they were unable to pay for blood work. She lives in Alaia San Jose Liotto the municipality of Nacahuil. She dropped out of school because she was teased for her voice. She likes to read and watch movies. She will be first on the schedule to get her voice back and “Be happy again.” Her doctor Paladar Hendido referred her to Austin Smiles! A gift of a smile goes a long way! Jordan and Dylan are Identical twins.  They drove from Mixco which is about an hour away from Guatemala City.  Mom and Dad read about Austin’s Smiles mission in the newspaper in January. They attended the clinic in February and were scheduled for surgery today. Next Let me tell you about Austin...

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Day 3- Mission Smiles!

Why is this mission crucial to Guatemala? Centro Moore is the only hospital in country that does not have access to free health services. They depend strictly on donations. Their services are 100% free of charge for the patient. They have an average waiting time of 6 months. This hospital has the lowest complication rate in all of Guatemala since 2011 which is 1.1%. Let’s get started! Diego is 10 month old and is such a happy child let’s watch his transformation! Photography by Kristine Kennedy 1st surgeries are off to a good start ! Dr Eric White prepping …. OR Room 1 Crawford, King, Becky. Patient Daniel 10 yr old! OR 2 Eggleston , Rogers, Milligan. Patient is Allyson 3 yo OR Room 3 Kerr, Taylor, Ryan. Patient Jario a 6 yo.. PACU Girls in Recovery! I met a nice young 25 yo gentleman who is taking photographs for the Shalom Foundation here at the Centro Moore Hospital. His passion...

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