2017 Clinic: Day 2

Another very successful day at CRILE in Gracias. We saw 16 new patients!

 Yesterday the local news interviewed Ben and our host, Rafael, about our work at CRILE.

Yesterday the local news interviewed Ben and our host, Rafael, about our work at CRILE.

On Day 2, our whole team was featured on the evening news in Gracias. You can watch the video here at this link. We are at minute 28 of the video, so fast forward and see all of the amazing things we are doing here.

As on other days, people came from all around Gracias to have consults with Ben, Ashley, Melanie, and Kristie. We distributed 5 more chairs to children who need support to sit up and engage in daily activities.  

We also met with a carpenter who is going to build even more little chairs for us here in Gracias. One of our goals for this trip was to develop a relationship with someone in Gracias who can build these chairs for us in the future. This way, we can support a local craftsperson and help kids in need.

 

  Ovidio, the carpenter, works with Ashley and one of our translators to measure and make a plan to make more chairs. 

Ovidio, the carpenter, works with Ashley and one of our translators to measure and make a plan to make more chairs. 

We made many new friends yesterday, and explained to many parents the complicated care their children need. For many, this was the first time a doctor or therapist had explained the reasons for a child's special needs.  Often the children see Ben and then the therapists, but sometimes they work together to diagnose a child and advise the parents. 

 Ben checks this little one's reflexes while discussing his care with Ashley. 

Ben checks this little one's reflexes while discussing his care with Ashley. 

Here, Ben is examining a very young baby. We see children of all ages at CRILE. 

 This little baby had a complicated genetic condition that affected how his bones formed. We referred him to a specialist for follow up. 

This little baby had a complicated genetic condition that affected how his bones formed. We referred him to a specialist for follow up. 

We are looking forward to several more days at CRILE.