In 2013 we welcomed Drs. Hovig Chrilian and Kris Lukauskis, anesthesiologists and returning anesthesiologist Jeeny Parker on this missions trip to provide total hip replacements. Dr. Terral was assisted by his excellent nurse Mandy Haney. Since then Dr. Terral has returned yearly to provide these surgeries. The schedule for 2016 is full and we look forward to helping those on the surgical list. What a wonderful privilege to serve with fun, generous professionals.
We are preparing for the next Total Hip Surgical week and as we do, we remember the last one when Drs. Greg Terral and Matt Barber operated for five days from early morning to late at night, to relieve patients of the constant pain they suffered for many years. In this photo we also see Dr. Ted Beemer, pediatric orthopedic surgeon and Dr. Gwen Boyd, anesthesiologist from UAB along with the rest of the team.
We just celebrated the 4th anniversary of the opening of La Vida Surgery Center in Portoviejo, Ecuador. All of us are grateful for the over 120 volunteers who have served since that time, providing corrective orthopedic surgeries, painting the building, nurturing and loving the patients and in doing so demonstrating Christ's love to them.
La Vida is now a well-recognized non-profit in our area in Ecuador and we have many friends and colleagues in the city of Portoviejo who