Medical Mission along the Amazon
Barring and Anne held two corners of our chupah when we married (a wonderful mix of Jewish and Episcopalian ritual; the other two corners were held by my sisters. Their lives are full. Anne went back to school in her 50s and became a nurse. A few years ago, in his 60s, in recognition that their mountainside community was pretty remote for medical emergencies, Barring completed EMS training.
Very special people, they recently were part of a medical mission to the Amazon basin in Brazil. Centura Global Health Initiatives organized the mission trip. Centura is the hospital chain that owns St Mary Corwin in Pueblo, where Anne works. Centura’s head of medicine, Steve Brown, is a neighbor of theirs, and he did the prior trip in March. The rest of the group was from another of the Adventist Centura hospitals located in Boulder. Here are some glimpses of what they experienced.
We took one of these boats each day 1-2 hours up or down river
Basic transport on the river
Quando is importante laverse los manos?
Many of the villages we visited were flooded.
This town was very healthy, clean and well organized.
The kids helped set up the clinica
We were introduced to the community in each of the villages
Vandy taught tooth brushing, and gave away almost 1000 toothbrushes
Anne did intake