May 12, 2017

Today was our 4th clinic day and we were in Onadra which is close to Kinyara. Kinyara has which has a large sugar cane processing factory and we drove through miles and miles of sugar cane to get to Onadra. The drive was beautiful and we saw a monkey! The dentist on our team had a busy day today, as many of the local residents chew on the sugar cane all day.

The community was eager that we were there today and turned out in large numbers. Our team was able to see 216 patients today. A large portion of the patients had severe wounds on their legs today, which allowed the therapy students to put into practice their wound care education.

Our morning devotion, which was on joy, inspired us to seek joy in serving others. The team works so hard throughout the week, and it is so cool to look around the clinic on any day and see everyone working and enjoying serving the patients we are seeing. We have also noticed throughout the week that while the patients we are seeing do not have much, they have an immense amount of joy. It is truly inspiring!

While it is bittersweet to have only one more day of clinic, we are excited to return to Onadra tomorrow and serve as many people as we can and to take care of the translators and all of the other individuals who have helped us throughout the week in so many ways.

+ Morgan Zurborg, ENT

+ Caitlin Keller, MUSC OT Student



May 11, 2017

Today can only be described as a refreshing experience. In the clinic we set up just outside of Tola, we were able to treat 105 patients. Although each and every single one of these patients was impactful in my life, the one person I saw today that stuck with me in my mind wasn’t a patient. Outside the clinic, there was an individual who was homeless and also mentally handicapped. He was walking past the clinic with some shoes that were at least three years old and barely being held together, and we were able to find a pair of shoes that fit him. My only regret is that I wish everyone could have seen the smile that stretched from ear to ear on his face when I tied his brand new shoes on his feet.

Speaking of a smile that stretched from ear to ear, the translators that are aiding us at the clinic all have incredible spirits. The one translator that is always tasked with translating for the therapy team is named Samuel, and he is a special soul with a laugh that bellows throughout the entire clinic. He has adapted so quickly to the pace of our clinic, that he will translate the sentence we have just spoken, as well as anticipate our next question and translate that to the patient as well. Additionally, the man is the most compassionate human I have ever met. Every single day, he refuses to eat before all others at the clinic have eaten. This morning at our daily devotion, our word was compassion, and Samuel epitomizes that entirely.

Once clinic ended, we were tasked with spreading the word about the clinic site for tomorrow to the community that we would be serving. This was an incredibly unique opportunity for us to get an intimate look into the lives of the people that we would be providing medical care to. I am excited to continue to help the Nicaraguans in any way I can!


+ Nathan Harris, MUSC DPT Student


As we entered our second day at Runyana it was clear this site was going to provide us with some of the most heart breaking and medically complex cases of our careers. Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Joe Calandra remarked that it was particularly heart breaking for him to see adolescents with congenital malformations significantly limiting their function, as in the US they would have been easily fixed and living a normal life.
Rehab was put to the test throughout the day as not one, but three patients came in walking on their hands crippled by Polio. They worked tirelessly to repair a wheelchair that had once been thought to be trash so that two of those patients left out sitting upright. A truly amazing sight that made everyone stop and remember why they came on this trip. The third was measured for a custom chair. The team will pull resources to look for a vendor to donate or fundraise to purchase.
The team got back very late as we saw our highest number of patients to date, 227! Another successful day.