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June 1st, 2009
CTMC volunteers return from Honduras mission trip

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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.

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A 15-member team of medical professionals from Central Texas Medical Center recently traveled to Honduras for the hospital’s third consecutive mission trip to the region. The team treated a record 1,056 patients in four days.

Clinics were set up in local schools and chapels where patients explained their problems to the doctor, received a brief exam and were given vitamins, anti-parasitics and other medications. Some patients were in need of 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 Karen Morris, CTMC Administrative Director of Ancillary Services, who also coordinates the annual trip. “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 spent evenings with the children at Casita Feliz, an inpatient malnutrition program operated by Pan American Health Services. Children living in the home are admitted for severe malnutrition and range in age from newborns to 8 year olds. Most return home to live with their families, but some do not have that option. Those who cannot return home are cared for at the on-site orphanage.

“The children’s smiles, the look in their eyes and their hugs will live in my heart forever,” said Rafaela Cruz, CTMC’s emergency department registration employee. “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 donate to the effort, call Karen Morris at (512) 753-3515

— FROM CENTRAL TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER

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