The story behind the photos.
My friend Jess is a part of a medical mission team (14-16 people) who goes to Pignon, Haiti to perform surgery for the people of Haiti free of charge. The team pays for all costs associated with the surgeries including the supplies needed, the OR costs and the hospital stay.
This is their story:
Every year, a team of doctors, nurses, anesthetists and other healthcare professionals travel to the mountain village of Pignon, Haiti. The team works out of the 'Comite de Beinfaisance de Pignon', a hospital started by a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel, Dr. Guy Theodore, who himself is a native of Haiti. The hospital serves the poor. The village has dirt roads, no power and little running water.
For one week every January, the team travels to Pignon to perform over forty major surgeries for the native people of Haiti. People from all over the country come and line up to see if the team can help them. Each fall, in preparation for the trip, the medical team collects and packs recycled but quality surgical equipment and operating room materials from various Fargo-Moorhead healthcare facilities.