Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Altagracia Wednesday

Today our group visited Altagracia, delivered the Heartstream portable defibrilator to the medical clinic, stopped in at the BOSIA office and paid a visit a la familia Obregón, my homestay family from last year. Milagro was on the front porch and when she saw me she smiled and went running in the house, and then ten of the family Obregón appear with great hugs, finally Luz Marina appeared with tears in her eyes and we had a really good hug. I love this family, Danny, Karla, Francis, Aron, Erenia and the rest of the clan, and of course Don Juan José Obregón y Doña Luz Marina.

We spoke with the director of the clinic at Altagracia, showed her the defibrillator and demonstrated how it works – basically a rerun of what Chuck Little, who generously facilitated the donation of the machine, showed us when he presented it to us. The director felt that the best location for the machine was at the hospital in Rivas – Ometepe is part of the Rivas District. The clinic in Altagracia does not have ventilators whereas the Rivas hospital is equipped to handle post resuscitation. The director asked us if she could deliver the Heartstream device to the hospital and of course we told that would be most appropriate. So, we thank Heartstream-Philips along with thanks from the staff at the Altagracia clinic and Rivas Hospital. A side note, the Altagracia clinic is new and was a joint project between the Nicaraguan and Japanese governments.

Photo of the delivery of the Heartstream-Philips defribilator to the new clinic in Altagracia - ¡Muchas Gracias Heartstream! As I think I mentioned earlier the defibrilator will go to the hospital in Rivas where it can serve the community best.

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