NEVOSH January 2003 Mission to Jinotepe, Nicaragua
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Out with the old.

Steve Grimes MD and  Barbara Oswald, RN utilized the hospital in Diriamba this year to perform Cataract Surgeries.  Candidates were functionally blind and received one cataract extraction and a lens implant.  Dr. Grimes received translation assistance from Katherine Joseph.  20 patients had their vision restored.

photo taken with Barbara Oswald's Camera by nurse Maria of Steve Grimes, MD in the Diriamba Hospital   




Steve Grimes MD

 Barbara Oswald, RN

Kat Joseph

photo taken with Barbara Oswald's Camera by nurse Maria of
Barbara Oswald, RN in the Diriamba Hospital                                   

One problem was yet to be resolved. As in past years, Steve Grimes, an ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon, joined us to literally restore sight to the blind. We had made arrangements before we arrived to use the hospital in the aforementioned town of Diriamba. Right before we arrived, we were informed that the festival for their patron saint would force closure of the hospital on Monday. Steve and his staff got to spend a day in the clinic for the first time because of this. As there was a problem with a relief group at this hospital last year, we still had to clear everything with the hospital administrator in person before starting our work. That afternoon, I visited her with Dr. Payáso and Miguel Silva, a retired optometrist who has resettled in Nicaragua. She informed us of the need for additional testing, which would be a severe impediment to performing surgery, and give us a lot of extra work. We had to then go to the hospital in Jinotepe, where the administrator agreed to perform these additional tests. So at this point, in order to get surgery, patients had to first go to our clinic, then get transported to one hospital for tests, then to a second hospital for surgery, and then back to the clinic so they could get home. Luckily, by the end of the week, we were able to streamline slightly, and the administrator was so thrilled with our people that she invited them back for next year.  Read more of Juan Carlos' Mission Report

The images below are from 2001.

Warning: These photos contain graphic eye surgery.

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