LMV at Casa Hogar, Jul 2012
- Written by Bob Allen
Video courtesy of Bob Allen, pilot and president of our Southern California chapter.
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Well here’s a case of a 12 year old girl with a badly decayed front tooth. Her pain was so bad she did her own root canal—with a staple! She then closed the access hole with a toothpick. Dr. Michael Britting and Dr Ezekiel removed the staples, completed an apico (an upside-down root canal), and gave her a shiny new composite crown. Nice work guys.
There were some really unforgettable moments, like our party on Saturday in Guaymas or when we found a Jeep that got stuck in the ocean and when a truck came to help it, the truck also got stuck in the ocean. Plus, we created inside jokes that are still funny…you know? I had so much more fun than I expected on a volunteer mission. Along came Sunday and we were all ready to say goodbye to Mexico and head back home. We might’ve said goodbye for the moment but I’m sure I will go back again soon…
“By nature, I’m not the type to volunteer. But four days in Mexico with LMV had a discernible effect on me. It felt better and more rewarding than a week on the beach in Hawaii. I will definitely return,” Michael Martinez, volunteer
“Of all the organizations and charities I’ve been associated with, LMV definitely is the most rewarding experience,” Tom Hogan, volunteer
“These trips to Mexico have broadened my perspective about the definition of a good lifestyle,” Rob Lober, pilot
“I’d do another LMV trip at the drop of a hat! Having never flown in a private plane before, I was a bit nervous. But the professionalism of our pilot made the entire trip a complete joy,” Dr. Johanna Koch, MD
“When you donate to the LMV cause, the fruits of your labor smile back at you,” Bob Horvath, pilot
“From the second I finish and get home, I start planning the next trip. It’s a real adventure setting up small clinics. You reap rewards of the heart,” Adrian Fenderson, DDS
“The trip was fantastic and the clinic ran beautifully. Our pilot was excellent and we felt very confident flying with him. We can’t wait to go on another LMV trip!”, Jenny Benton & Maira Velasco, dental hygienists
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LMV worked with FUDECOM from El Salvador, Flying Docs of Canada (Ben made the slide show) and Heart to Heart International. It was a two week trip with some of us staying just eight days. We served hundreds of patients both medical and dental in three villages in the mountains.
“One of the best trips ever!”
We saw about 750 patients in 4 days of clinic. Monte Short and Christine Meserve put together their “Dream Team” of experienced international medical providers and hooked us all in with a well-run program in Haiti named Heart to Heart International.
Full narratives by Audrey D’Andrea, MD and Joanna Meringoff, RN.
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To our Los Médicos Voladores family:
Thanks to all of you who have reached out to us during these uncertain times. We are proud of our LMV volunteers who are helping in numerous ways both locally and internationally.
LMV has also committed to enhancing response efforts in the areas we serve abroad and here at home where possible. To support our local healthcare workers, LMV has donated Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to USA frontline responders who are in need.
During this time LMV is continuing to provide care and support for our local international Haiti, El Salvador and Mexico nurses and doctors. Though our LMV volunteers are not there to provide medical and dental staff and equipment, our local partners on the ground, are continuing to provide services. An example of such, is Nurse Nathalie who is continuing to take Plumpy Nut nutrition packs to the malnourished children in S.E. Haiti. Please consider donating to help us to provide medical and nutrition supplies to our international partners, they are urgently needed. Donate Here
If you are a frontline worker, please share your stories with us. We want to connect and know you are well, as well as help spread the word about the positive difference you are making in your community.
We invite you to visit a brief Covid-19 presentation provided by our Chief Medical Officer, Jonathan Kahn, M.D. “An Ounce of Prevention” . You will find valuable information and links to continue learning about this virus.
Stay safe and stay well,
Stacy Gradman, Managing Director
Los Médicos Voladores
Los Médicos Voladores(LMV), The Flying Doctors, is a registered 501(c)(3) Medical Mission Non-Governmental Organization(NGO) based in California, USA. LMV provides mobile medical & dental clinics in California, Mexico, Haiti, El Salvador / Latin America, or … more…
Los Médicos Voladores(LMV), The Flying Doctors, is a registered 501(c)(3) Medical Mission Non-Governmental Organization(NGO) based in California, USA. LMV provides mobile medical & dental clinics in California, Mexico, Haiti, El Salvador / Latin America, or other areas requesting assistance.
LMV offers short-term assignments for volunteer medical professionals, healthcare support professionals, dental professionals, students, pilots, Spanish language translators and non-medical volunteers to conduct free medical and dental clinics that provide health care and education in areas where it is limited or difficult to obtain.
• LMV makes all arrangements for our volunteers upon arrival to our international destination, including transportation, lodging/meals, government permits, and clinic logistics.
• We secure equipment, supplies, and medicines through partnerships with health and development organizations.
• We provide our services without compensation or discrimination of race, religion, creed, or political affiliation.
During the LMV clinics, we partner with local medical and dental professionals to provide care, and share knowledge about diagnoses and treatment. We also provide community health education so that local people are encouraged to meet their health care needs based on knowledge and education.
Building and Strengthening Underserved Communities through Healthcare, Education and Volunteerism
To provide compassionate, professional services to those in need while giving our volunteers the ability to “give back” to the same.