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Local medical professionals travel to Guatemala, donate skill and drugs

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A team of local clinicians from the Good Shepherd Medical Clinic in Spring Hill traveled to Guatemala during the week of March 23-31 to administer medical treatment and medications to those in need.

Dr. Robert Ebert, an Internist and primary care physician with Good Shepherd Medical Clinic, and his team consisting of Sandra Ebert, Theresa Irwin, Jeane Rice, and Cindee Barber, tirelessly worked free clinics and a hospital in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. The team provided treatment to mothers, babies, children and others with diabetes, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea, epilepsy, and seniors hoping for relief from their pain.

Others who joined this Good Shepherd Medical Clinic team included Pastor Mike Young, Dr. Carl Zooberg, Dr. Cesar Hernandez, Dr. Russ Cox, Dr. Isa and missionaries Bernard Cohen and John Collins.

The Brooksville Regional Hospital Intensive Care Unit donated medical supplies for the mission trip, some of which were given to Hospital Chimaltenango.

While the team served hundreds of patients in Guatemala, they will never forget the one Guatemalan mother and her baby, who waited patiently in the triage line for the nurse to help the limp baby lying in her arms. This motherís baby did not cry or squirm like the others who were waiting for medical attention, but rather lay lifeless in his motherís arms.

When one of our teamís nurses saw this baby, she immediately took its vital signs and took the baby to Dr. Cox. Cox took one look at the baby and knew he was near death. The baby had pneumonia and one of his lungs had been removed the prior year, leaving his one and only lung badly infected. The teamís pharmacy provided medication and the nurse created a make-shift mask to administer the medication by punching a hole in a Styrofoam cup and using it to help the medication reach the babies lungs. Because the team had worked at the local hospital and had contacts there, they bundled the baby along with his medications and instructions, so the mother could take him to the hospital. In Guatemala, you must supply your own medications or you go without.

This is just one of many stories from their mission trip. Daily they traveled to other locations where they encountered more people with incredibly high blood sugar levels, coughs, sneezes, and high blood pressure.

At the end of each day, everyone was tired and exhausted. But, in the end, it was worth the sacrifice. They gave up the comforts of American living and traveled to a foreign country to help others in need, because God was with them.

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