During a March 2013 LCMS Mercy Medical Team trip to Madagascar, team members treated 1,321 patients and filled 4,000 prescriptions. Among those helped: a woman with severe goiter, from a lack of iodine in her diet, who received a surgical resection; a 10-year-old with the aging disease Progeria who had an ulcerated wound on her stomach and received surgery costing about $100; and a mother of twins, who was turned away from a city hospital after difficulties surfaced with her second delivery and she didn’t have $120 to pay for a Caesarean section. She was brought to the team in a rickshaw cart and later gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Wrote the team members: “We were touched by so many patients and their stories we will hold dear to our hearts.”
Find out about upcoming LCMS Mercy Medical Team trips and learn how you can volunteer or support this worthwhile effort: http://www.lcms.org/mercyteams.
(Photos by Sharon Thomas)
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