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Dominican Republic Mission 2017

Dominican Republic Mission 2017

On Wednesday, May 3rd, I came back to Santa Domingo, two years after my last Operation Airway mission to the Dominican Republic. Once again, I was there to help Dr. Marcos Mirambeaux, a wonderful, kind, and competent surgeon, to teach him more about complex airway...

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Operation Airway El Salvador Medical Mission

Operation Airway El Salvador Medical Mission

Early on Monday morning, Drs. Chris Hartnick (ENT), Phoebe Yager (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) and Makara Cayer (Pediatric Anesthesia) flew to El Salvador for what would be the first Central American mission for Operation Airway to help children who could not...

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From the Nurses

From the Nurses

As a rule in the ICU patients do not get out bed so we had to ask specifically for a safe chair. The only one available was one from the MD Call room which they were happy to share. Despite the language barrier, the nurses were open to allowing us to help and were...

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Teaching Airway Surgery

Teaching Airway Surgery

Besides helping the wonderful children, one of the main goals of the mission was to teach the ENTs in the Dominican Republic to do airway surgery. Dr. Mirambeaux and his residents to perform airway surgery. They watched us perform the first case and asked very...

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Third Day in the Hospital in the Dominican Republic

Third Day in the Hospital in the Dominican Republic

Today was our final day of operating in the hospital. The plan was to fix an airway on a young man who had a history of a car accident and head trauma. Again, after having a tube in his airway for 18 days, he developed a lot of scarring. He had some kind of tracheal...

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Second Day in the Hospital in the Dominican Republic

Second Day in the Hospital in the Dominican Republic

We started the day by rounding on our two patients from the day before who were doing fantastic. Next, we went to discuss the case ahead for the day which was a young man who sustained head trauma in during a car accident and was subsequently intubated and put...

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First Full Day in the Hospital in the Dominican Republic

First Full Day in the Hospital in the Dominican Republic

We were welcomed with open arms. It is amazing the quality of care the hospital team provides despite limited resources. There are so many children in need of airway surgery because the tubes that the Dominican Republic has to put children on breathing machines...

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WELCOME!

WELCOME!

Hello everyone!Welcome to the adventure that is Operation Airway! We are a group of physicians from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) whose mission is to make life changing airway reconstructive surgery and...

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