Shari Berkowitz says: Alumna Lindsay Naylor, who is a consummate veteran of these trips, has been joined by Lesly Sanchez and Ashley Rivera, both of whom have just completed their first year at Mercy College’s graduate program in Communication Disorders. The three of them are in Ica, Peru, providing clinical services to children with cleft palate, cleft lip, and indeed, any other speech and language disorder. All who come through the door are seen! Thanks to the surgeons of Healing the Children, Northeast and California chapters, who see the value in what the Speech Team adds to patient care.
Below, the first blog post, from Ashley:
We arrived two days ago (May 7, 2016) in Peru. The trek out to Ica was a long one but made easier by the wonderful people we’re surrounded by. It’s so inspiring to be with people volunteering their own time and money for such an amazing cause. We met medical students from Lima and they are truly amazing. On top of being in a top rated medical school here, they take 6 months to organize medical documents and they help deal with customs so that all this is possible. Andddd they also come to Ica to help out with surgeries and the patients. I heard last year one student took the 6 hour bus ride here helped for a day, went back to Lima to take a final and then returned back to Ica again the following day. I can no longer rightfully complain about grad school.