by Carol Ries, Colette Miedinger and Nancy Linder
Today was truly a display of how determination, patience and persistence over the past three years has positively impacted a young widowed father and his two young girls. As many of you know, Don Layo was the past recipient of a new arm prosthesis last year with the help of MDP and a generous donation from Prosthetic Laboratories and the assistance of Mike Schulenberg from Mankato, MN.
Don Layo visited our team the night of our arrival at Coapilla. With a big smile on his face, proudly sporting his new prosthesis on his left arm ,he reported to us how well it has been working for him this past year. The prosthesis fits well, he has no skin irritation and it functions very well for him.
It’s wonderful to see his gratitude and how he is “Paying It Forward” by volunteering his time to help MDP all day during some of clinics in the Coapilla area.
Today reminds us of a saying by Mother Theresa: “ Good works are links that form a chain of love….”
February 24, 2016
By Lauren Stevermer
I was asked to go on an MDP trip in December and I jumped at the opportunity to go. My Aunt Nancy has gone on many previous trips and is always talking about how wonderful they are. I was happy to be in a place where in my life that allowed me to be part of this team.
It’s amazing how much 11 people can do in one day; There have been days where we have served over 100 people and everyone still has a smile on their face at the end of the day. This trip has been an unforgettable experience and it’s great to see the difference we are able to make in a community in one day.
Today we were fortunate enough to wake up in the beautiful and vibrant city of San Cristobal. After a few days in a remote, little village it was a nice change of pace.
For clinic today, we traveled for about an hour until we reached a village in the mountains with a population of approximately 130 people. Even though it was a small community, when we arrived we were greeted with an already formed line of patients eagerly waiting to be seen by our providers. This was the first time MDP has visited and done a clinic in the community of Manzanillo. This clinic day tested the patience of many as we had to translate from English to Spanish to Tzotzile and then back to English again. Sometimes one has to wonder if we lose any information in any of the translations.
This remote area was certainly an area with a lot of need due to a very limited access to health care.