Dr. Dave Fenner is a pediatrician from the Poughkeepsie, NY area. He has been on many medical missions, to Colombia, Thailand and Peru (off the top of my head). Dave is crazy busy every day on these trips. Typically, he does the physical exam on screening day, to see if the child is healthy enough for surgery. Then, he is continually in the post-anesthesia care unit, PACU, monitoring the children as they wake up from surgery and are reunited with their parents. Dave gets to know the families very well and is universally loved.
Dave’s second role on these missions is keeping the team on their feet. At our 6:30 breakfast consult yesterday, he handed me three pills for “intestinal insecurity” and within a few hours, I was on my way to feeling better. I now owe him a copayment of one cold beer.
As a veteran of many trips, Dave is an incredibly valuable player, and on this trip he is joined by someone who is sure to be hooked on mission trips, too–his daughter, Cara. She’s a fluent speaker of Spanish and bursting with energy.
Yours in healing, sb
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