Med Student Phillipe multitasking during an intake
Floating Doctors has much to be grateful for in 2013. We had over 180 volunteers from all over the world sharing their time and skills and really making a difference to over 4,500 patients.
Among our beloved patients helped by our volunteers and donors was Gustivino whose heart defect and tuberculosis were of great concern to his family. After keeping him alive for two years from one aspiration pneumonia after another, Rolando's cleft palate was finally able to be repaired. Now, he has gained weight, he is growing and his chubby cheeks around his sweet smile fill our hearts. We were able to add Norteño to our list of isolated villages served and make our way to Rio Cana and Escudo.
We gratefully accepted a large grant from the Lawrence Foundation, which includes 100 acres of pristine jungle. Volunteers and scientists will be studying the medicinal flora. The plans for the first permanent clinic have been finalized and work has begun on the floating medical facility which will be located and permanently staffed out on the archipelago. Our partnership with Sermo allowed us to consult with doctors and specialists from all over the world in real time from our remote patient outposts. Floating Doctors has also been assisting Noah Haas in developing and installing solar charging station in the villages we serve so internet can be brought to our patient’s populations. And...we have had the good fortune to partner up with Dr. Dan, our veterinarian friend who treats the village animal populations as we treat the humans.
There is so much to do in 2014. So much to look forward to.
Thank you, Beautiful Donors.....you keep us afloat and put the wind in our sails. Happy New Year!!!!
Dr. Dan with a feline patient
Dr's Elle Lee and Kim stitch up a machete wound