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Surgery Team returns from Yantalo, Peru  

The plastic surgery team left for Peru on September 25, 2015 from many points of origin in the US and converged in Lima where they overnighted and the next day continued on to Tarapoto, then Moyobamba, and finally the small village of Yantalo in north central Peru.  Team medical director and surgeon, Dr. George Hoerr from Norfolk, Virgina headed up the team.  Dr. Rafael Olivares, pediatrician from Denver, Colorado scrubbed in; Dr. Kent Johnson, the anesthesiologist, hailed from Utah;  Dr. Ricardo Ortega (New Mexico) served as the team's family practice doc; Linda Harper, RN from New Jersey, and Janice Johnson, RN also from Utah handled recovery.   Amy Downs from Denver was the team coordinator and Raquel Vega-Escalante (New Mexico) provided family support and translation.     Below is a photo of Dr. Hoerr with one of his patients to the right.   Please see photo-gallaries for more pictures of the team and Yantalo Clinic.   As with all teams, volunteers paid their own expenses in order to help 21 patients in this very remote area.  HTCSW is indebted to this group of volunteers who came together as a team, and never having worked together before, gave free medical services to some well-deserving kids.  They were assisted in the OR by local surgical tech Nino Ocampo.  Administrative support came from Mery Padilla.   

Readers are encouraged to have a look at the website for this remarkable clinic founded by Dr. Luis Vargas who was born in Yantalo.   

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