Tonya Huston, CTMC Director of Rehabilitation Services and Physical Therapy, and former CTMC employee Martha Reyes-Munoz, care for a Honduran man injured by a machete.
A team from Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) recently completed a trip to Honduras, where they treated a record 1,056 patients in four days.
The team of 15 medical professionals saw patients in clinics that were set up in chapels and local schools. Patients received a brief exam and were given vitamins, anti-parasitics and other medications. Other patients required more critical care for badly infected wounds.
“Those we served had nothing to pay us with, but we felt the reward and satisfaction of giving freely and feeling the love and gracious kindness of God’s beautiful people in Honduras,” said CTMC Director of Ancillary Services and coordinator of the trip, Karen Morris. “We have talked for a while at CTMC about our pathway to mission advancement. I believe part of that pathway leads through the mountains and villages of Honduras.”
The volunteers from CTMC spent their evenings with the children at Casita Feliz, an inpatient malnutrition program operated by Pan American Health Services. The children living there are newborns to eight-year-olds admitted for severe malnutrition. Most return home to live with their families, but some who cannot are cared for at the on-site orphanage.
“The children’s smiles, the looks in their eyes and their hugs will live in my heart forever,” said Rafaela Cruz, who works in CTMC’s emergency department registration. “Meeting the patients and learning about their everyday lives was very interesting and fascinating, and they were so appreciative for the care they received.”
Plans for a 2010 spring mission trip are already underway. For more information, or to make a donation to the effort, contact Morris at (512) 753-3515.Email | Print