The Ecuadent team succeeded in their back-to-back medical and dental mission trips to Esmeraldas, Ecuador from February 20th until March 8th.
The medical team performed 66 procedures on 55 patients. The procedures included: 9 cleft lip corrections, 7 cleft palate corrections, 6 digit corrections, 8 scar revisions, 21 hernia removals, 14 excisions of mass/tissue, and 1 frenectomy.The team also created a custom prosthetic hand for a child born without a hand.
The dental team performed 2,350 procedures on 518 patients. The procedures were as follows: 982 sealants, 449 fluoride treatments, 438 cleanings, 349 restorations, 120 extractions, 9 appliances, and 3 frenectomies.
Additionally, the team donated clothing, toys, and school supplies to the Loreto Orphanage for children physically or sexually abused. We set up 6 new computers in the orphanage computer lab. All of the computers are equipped with high quality educational software.
While our medical team was busy operating this past February, engineer and Westminster, Maryland Rotarian Rodney Boudreaux was busy setting up a 6 donated computers in the Junta Civica de Santa Rosa (a community civic center) in Salinas, Ecuador.
In the U.S. before the mission, Rod assembled the computers and installed a plethora of children’s educational programs in both Spanish and English, making them ready-to-use upon arrival in Ecuador. At the community center, Rod instructed several Ecuadoran Navy cadets how to use and troubleshoot the computers so that they may pass the knowledge onto the children and others. Take a look at Rod’s photos of the experience, below!