A Medical Mission to Guatemala

  • Posted on: Dec 29 2015

Before 2009 when I transitioned my medical practice from vascular surgery to specializing only in vein disorders, the most gratifying operation I did was to make it possible for small children to have kidney dialysis, without which they would not long survive. It was my good fortune to develop innovative techniques for operating on tiny blood vessels that I taught around the world.

Unfortunately, as such things happen in the crazy world of medicine, my malpractice insurance carrier would not allow me to continue doing these surgeries unless I forked over an astronomical sum of money, and so I reluctantly abandoned them, but not before I trained my successor at County USC Hospital.

DaVita, a kidney dialysis company, sponsors medical missions to third world countries to establish state-of-the-art kidney dialysis programs (The Bridge of Life). This past August I was privileged to join two of the finest pediatric vascular surgeons in the world on a mission to Guatemala to do critically needed surgeries in children aged five to fifteen. . Mercifully, DaVita covered the malpractice insurance. Here are some priceless photos from the trip. Amazingly, there was a coup d’etat in Guatemala City just as we arrived.

You simply can’t beat a hug from a grateful beaming child.

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