Ica, Peru: Screening Day

Shari Berkowitz says:  Screening Day is always hectic, but the team has it down to a science, and many hands make light work.  Speech Team is always the last stop on the many different check-ups the little patients get on screening day. Here is Ashley’s screening day experience:

Our first day in the hospital was screening day. The moment we stepped into the hospital there were patients sitting and clapping for the whole Healing the Children team. All the families are just so amazing and grateful for the work we’re doing. We saw almost 100 patients. It got crazy! However, we kept a good flow despite two rooms ahead of us sending us patients at the same time! Most patients came for surgeries but there also were some for just speech therapy. There were some returning clients from years past, and they were so happy to see Lindsay. She’s another rockstar here. She knows everyone and is super knowledgeable and friendly. We’re learning so much from her. Just everyone here is so amazing. I’m kind of in awe. I’m even learning about some team members that couldn’t make it this trip that are trail blazers. One doctor stays in a certain country for a couple of months and teaches other surgeons from that country how to do the surgeries and then moves on to other countries and continues to do the same.  Another doctor leaves for countries the day that he finds out there has been some sort of catastrophe to help out. Truly amazing. I’m so happy to have this opportunity and be surrounded by so many smart, genuine and fun people. They truly live by “work hard, party hard.” They are all an inspiration to me and I can’t wait to do more missions in the future!

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About Shari Salzhauer Berkowitz

Shari is a speech language pathologist and assistant professor of communication disorders at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY.
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