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Our October 2017 Team in Peru

From October 6 to 20, 2017 a team of Global Health Volunteers including surgeons, primary care doctors, podiatrists, nurses, interpreters and other volunteers  worked side-by-side with medical professionals and other volunteers in the community of Chulucanas, Peru and provided medical and surgical care to over 1,100 patients.  154 surgeries, 943 outpatient primary care visits and 24 outpatient podiatric care visits were performed by the 46 volunteers from Global Health Ministry and 8 volunteers from Mercy Health System in Fort Smith, Arkansas over the 14-day mission.  One of the many highlights of the mission was delivering a new portable ventilator machine to Enoe, a young man who has been paralyzed for seven years.  Enoe's wife and four children provide him with excellent round-the-clock care in their simple home in a remote area about one hour outside of Chulucanas.  Money for the ventilator was donated by a home health nurse whose own brother recently passed away after many years on a ventilator.  Enoe and his wife were overwhelmed and most grateful to receive the equipment.  Electricity is often sporadic and every time it shuts off, the family would have the stressful and strenuous task of using a manual respirator bag to breath for Enoe. Now the portable ventilator even allows him take trips outside the home.  Global Health Volunteers will return to Chulucanas, Peru in June 2018 and along with their community partnerships will continue their focus on serving the peoples of Peru in many ways.