SAN DIEGO–Local nonprofit ConnectMed International hosted a “jornada,” or medical work day, to provide free medical care and reconstructive surgery in underserved communities in and around Tijuana, Mexico.
This month, 25 San Diego volunteers representing ConnectMed collaborated with healthcare professionals in Mexico to provide five surgeries, including complex cases such as first and second stage ear reconstructions, 11 consultations and speech therapy sessions, along with an art therapy camp to encourage self-esteem and bonding among patients awaiting care.
“I am grateful to be part of this organization that goes far beyond providing surgical care, including speech therapy,” said ConnectMed Speech Therapy Volunteer Dr. Naomi Lowe. “It is the most rewarding experience to be able to help a child say ‘papa’ for the first time in their life. Most of these children would not ever receive speech therapy without ConnectMed, and their smiles are the greatest gifts.”
Since 2010, ConnectMed has provided free medical and surgical care in Tijuana, Mexico and has established a collaborative partnership with CER Hospital, a private clinic owned by Dr. Luis Suarez, partnering with his team as well as specialists from all over Mexico to conduct no-cost surgical procedures and medical treatments.
ConnectMed’s multidisciplinary approach addresses the need for comprehensive medical care for low-income patients beyond surgeries. ConnectMed also provides training and professional development opportunities for U.S. and international medical students through in-person and telemedicine surgical training.
ConnectMed will be hosting its next “jornada” on May 25 in Tijuana, Mexico.
For more information, visit ConnectMed.org.