Posted by: calloftheandes | April 29, 2016

Notes from the Quake Zone (Sixth in a Series)

Two medical teams from Reach Beyond, along with a pastoral team from Quito. Photo taken at Atacames.

Two medical teams from Reach Beyond, along with a pastoral team from Quito. Photo taken at Atacames.

(22 April 2016. Atacames, Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador)

by Hermann Schirmacher

It was a busy day today as we went down to the coast to relieve our team that had spent several days at the earthquake zone.

We went out with Dr. Daniela Guevara, Dr. Trina Wisecup of I-tec and myself. Also pastors and psychologists.

Drs. Jack Peña and Hugo Espejo, along with the Atacames hospital´s medical director, work on a young patient.

Drs. Jack Peña and Hugo Espejo, along with the Atacames hospital´s medical director, work on a young patient.

César Cortez and Darrell Holden, in another vehicle, went to visit two communities where 10 years ago a water system was installed in San Gregorio (and the other community I cannot remember). Both systems work perfectly again after the electricity was returned.

Dr. Jack Peña was in the Atacames hospital with Dr. Espejo. The hospital has more patients more than in previous days. A more complicated case was that of an 8-year-old child who had fallen from a considerable height and had a double fracture in the two upper arms and both wrists.  Even the hospital director wanted to assist Dr. Espejo in the surgery, along with another surgeon.

Drs. Nelson and Martin were farther south. . . they had enough patients. It seems that, as many people live together in camps there is threat of developing a dengue outbreak.

Hermann Schirmacher is a missionary with Reach Beyond.

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  1. […] Hermann Schirmacher, a missionary serving in Reach Beyond’s community development department who coordinated the second team, is also heading the third group that leaves for the coast this morning (Friday, May 6). The team includes veteran missionary physician Dr. Steve Nelson, Dr. Mauricio Colonel of Reach Beyond’s Carapungo Clinic in Quito and writer Ralph Kurtenbach. […]


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