Report of Spanish Team
MISSION IN SANTO DOMINGO DE LOS TSACHILAS-ECUADOR
24 Nov – 1 Dec 2012
Team: Dr. Enrique Navarrete, Dra Pilar Concejo, Dr Juan Moreno, Dr, Antonio Dominguez, Dra Cristina Gonçalves, Dra M. Luisa Reyes, Dra Marina Infantes, Dr Francesc Marsal, surgeons , and Dr Antonio Dominguez anaesthesist. General surgeons from Sevilla, Ponferrada, Tortosa, Tarragona, and anaesthetist from Sevilla.
Last 24th November 2012, the Spanish Team left from Barajas airport (Madrid, Spain) to our destination in Ecuador, Quito. The doctors came from different towns and hospitals from Spain, and some are members of the group who participated in the mission in Aliade (Nigeria) in Nov 2011.
After a long trip with one stop in Panamá airport to change aeroplane, we arrived on Saturday night at the Mariscal Sucre airport, located in the center of the City.
In the airport Sandra Ocampo, our local contact and Dr Kathia Tinizaray, Provincial Director of Health in Sto Domingo de los Tsachilas, was waiting for us and helped us through customs.
The group rested at night in Sandra Ocampo´s house in Quito. On Sunday morning we visited a Quito historical centre, guided by Francisco Sandoval, a surgeon trained in Sevilla (Spain) years ago and his grandfather, who was born in Quito. After a lunch we started off to La Concordia, with a mini-bus. After a 4-hour trip (150 km) we arrived at night at our destination and we went to our lodgings in the Atos Hotel.
On Monday after breakfast, we started to Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas (de los Colorados) 45 km from La Concordia, where the Provincial Hospital Dr Gustavo Dominguez is, and where Dr. Kathia Tinizaray prepared one operation theatre with two surgical tables for the Spanish group this week.
We arranged the surgical material and prepared to start the operations on Monday morning.
Two surgeons visited the patients before the surgical assistance with the collaboration of Dr Angel Solorzano, rural physician from La Concordia and the rest of the group carried out the surgery and the control in the recovering area.
After four days and a half the team performed 63 interventions on 56 patients including children.
One afternoon we visited an “hacienda” together with Dr Sarmiento, the head anaesthetist at the hospital. He explained us about the local fruit and flora of the area such as cacao.
Afterwards the team, accompanied by Sandra Ocampos and bodyguards visited the local Indian Reserve “Los Colorados”. The visit was very interesting and the place very beautiful. The Indians danced native dances and showed us their customs and culture.
On Friday we returned to Quito and we took advantage to visit Otavalo and surroundings. After a lunch on Saturday morning at the Quito Golf Club in El Condado, invited by the local surgeon Francisco Sandoval and his family, we went to the airport to catch our flight back home.
We all felt very satisfied with our mission, and we made a lot of good friends.
Dr Francesc Marsal