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Middlesex Hospital Staff Reaches Out to Galapagos Residents

For the seventh consecutive year, a team of Middlesex Hospital nurses in Middleton, Conn., traveled with other healthcare workers to a remote, poverty-stricken area to provide much needed medical care to local residents.

The team spent nine days in the Galapagos Islands, after packing up 28 bags of their own instruments, including two portable anesthesia machines and monitors.

Some of the medical supplies were donated by hospital vendors, and the hospital’s medical staff provided a monetary donation for the trip. The group also conducted a raffle to raise funds for the mission.

A concerned, yet thankful Ecuadorian father comforts his son in the recovery room.

Part of the international “Healing the Children” program, members included certified RN anesthetist, Penny Chiasson; registered nurses Barbara Thompson, Pam Covalli, Denise Levy, Beth Delaney, Julia Anderson-Baker, Annie Gowac, Mary Costa-Vondeck, and Alison Hamill; five doctors; and one scrub technician.

During the nine-day trip, the team performed more than 80 surgeries in the local hospital with two operating rooms.

This poster was designed by one of the nurses to represent the trip.

Upon their arrival, more than 100 area residents waited in line to be screened, with the next day bringing even more eager potential patients.

“We always have a bit of angst about these trips and thoughts about why we do it,” Thompson, RN, MSN, said in a press release. “There is always lots of work to get ready and always new challenges with every new trip. But when we finally get to our destination and see those waiting and eager faces, we quickly remember why these trips are so very important.”

Many young patients were both thankful and animated, the team recalled. This child received an otoplasty.

Healing the Children Northeast Inc. is a non-profit, non-partisan, volunteer organization.

According to its Web site, “Our purpose is to help children throughout the world receive medical care unavailable to them due to a lack of medical and financial resources or health insurance. Our 13 chapters across the U.S. work co-operatively to provide these services worldwide. To date, over 75,000 patients have been helped through our efforts.”

An Ecuadorian girl receives a health screening and a new toy.

To learn more about Healing the Children’s mission, visit

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