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Medical Teams International | Official Blog

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  • Haiti Success Story: Jean Baptiste

    by Katie Carroll | May 27, 2014

    Jean Baptiste is a 20-year-old who lives in the rural community of La Borde. His mother recalls that he began to walk later than his siblings and that he often fell down. In school, he was not able to learn as easily as the other children. However he was able to do daily activities and play like other children his age.

    Around age 12 (about 8 years ago), Jean Baptiste's life changed completely after he suffered a fever and was in bed for almost a month. After that, he developed spasticity in his legs and was unable to walk. The family took him to several hospitals, but no one offered physical rehabilitation. He developed severe tightness in his legs. For eight long years - nearly half his life - Jean Baptiste has had to crawl to move himself around, unable to walk.

    Jean Baptiste in his wheelchair.


    In August 2013, the family heard about the Medical Teams International Advantage Program and brought him for therapy. As a result of your generosity, he is now able to walk short distances using a walker and can bathe himself and put on his clothes. Because of you, the MTI Advantage Program was able to provide him with a wheelchair that he uses to visit neighbors and go to church. He no longer depends on his brother to do everything for him.

    Jean Baptiste and his family.


    You are demonstrating the love of Christ to people in need around the world. Thank you!


  • Oregon Potters Association Raises Over $3k for MTI!

    by Katie Carroll | May 24, 2014

    The weekend of May 2nd, Oregon Potters Association held their annual Ceramic Showcase. With ceramics from over 200 Oregon and Washington artists, this is the nation's largest showcase.

    Each year, the Oregon Potters Association does a different Installation Project at the Ceramic Showcase. They tie a clay project to a non-profit's work that inspires them.



    This year, Deborah Shapiro, an OPA artist, proposed a mask theme after visiting the African mask display at the Seattle Art Museum. Three other OPA members volunteered to work on the committee, and they designed and created the display. Deborah proposed to tie the installation with Medical Teams International because of our dental work all over the world, including here in the U.S. Said Deborah, "My dentist, Dr. Joseph Young in King City, had led one of your groups in central Africa. He told me about some of the children he had worked on, and I knew right away that OPA would want to connect the Masks/Faces theme."

    Facing Your Imagination: Mask Installation Project to benefit Medical Teams International


    Entitled "Facing Your Imagination, seventy artists volunteered to participate in the mask installation.

    Some of the ceramic masks on display.


    A percentage of the masks sold were donated to Medical Teams International, and several members of OPA personally stopped by our headquarters to drop off the check!

    MTI's Kristin Simpson accepts the generous check from OPA.


    Although getting seventy artists to finish their projects was a bit like "herding cats," Deborah says, "I'm proud of OPA for the success of this project, and I feel that my life was enriched by working this hard for such a great cause."

    We are so grateful for Deborah and Oregon Potters Association for their hard work and generosity. Thank you for your compassion for those around the world in desperate need of dental care. You are changing lives!

    Check out highlights from this year's Ceramics Showcase here.
  • Mobile Dental Success Story: Jacqueline

    by Katie Carroll | May 23, 2014

    Right here at home in the U.S., many retired adults living on social security cannot afford dental insurance or dental care. They live in debilitating pain and the teeth problems progress to more serious health conditions.

    Recently, thanks to your generosity, one of our mobile dental vans was able to provide care to one such local woman. Jacqueline had been living with severe pain caused by her dental issues - issues that caused her to be anemic. Hour-after-hour, day-after-day, the pain left her in agony. Because of you, Jacqueline received the urgent treatment she needed to save her health as well as her livelihood.

    Jacqueline is so grateful for your support of our mobile dental programs. She wanted us to share her letter of gratitude with you. THANK YOU!

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you all for your services.

    I am a seventy four year old female living on social security.  With my income I could not afford dental insurance.  I had been living for months with four teeth and several broken stumps.  The pain was horrible 24x7 and sleep patterns were disrupted so I was a mess.  I spoke to my doctor when my blood counts got so few that I became anemic severely!  She gave me your phone number.  I received an appointment four days later and your team...saw me at nine A.M.  They worked their tails off because this task was not easy.

    All the teeth and stubs were taken out.  Lovely, Compassionate people who were sooo professional.  They were Kind, Concerned and totally wonderful.  They explained what to expect, what to do and asked me if I had any questions!

    I had NO PAIN - the bleeding stopped before I got home.  I slept all night without pain - a first in a long time!  Today I feel Wonderful - ate some soup and Jello and am a Happy person.

    Again, thank all of you!!!

  • Haiti Success Story: Dolne

    by Katie Carroll | May 22, 2014

    While conducting a mobile clinic in the Haiti countryside, the Medical Teams International Advantage Program team met Dolne, a 79-year-old man who severely injured his leg after being hit by a motorcycle more than 35 years ago. At the time, the doctors were unable to help him battle the infection that developed in his leg, and he had to have amputation. Dolne traveled 120 miles to Port-au-Prince and received his first prosthesis. When he first met the our team, he was still wearing this same prosthesis - after 35 years! He had not received any follow-up care and used plastic bags and rags to make his prosthesis fit to his leg.

    Dolne with his new prosthetic leg.


    Our Haiti Advantage team made a new prosthesis for Dolne, which made him so happy he was almost speechless. As he was leaving the clinic wearing his new leg, he said “Today, I leave all the rags and bags that I used to make my old prosthesis fit to my leg behind. Like a disease, I dump them, and do not carry them with me any more. I feel like a healthy man again! God bless you all.”

    Thank you for supporting our Haiti programs; you are changing lives!

    Check out this behind-the-scenes video from our Haiti Advantage Program.

  • MTI Receives Award from OSU Nurses

    by Katie Carroll | May 20, 2014

    Every year during National Nurses Week, Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) honors their outstanding nurses with an awards reception.  Nurses are honored in various categories such as community service, teaching, mentoring, palliative care, and more. This year's event was held on May 7th, and eleven OHSU nurses were recognized with awards.

    As part of this annual day of recognition, OHSU nurses also nominate local charities to honor with donations.  This year, MTI was one of the three charities awarded!  OHSU nurses voted, and selected MTI as one of three winning charities. Virginia Garcia Clinic received $5,000; MTI, $2500, and Meals on Wheels, $2500.

    Elaine Boomer, RN volunteers in our Tigard distribution center and is the OHSU nurse who nominated MTI for the award we received.

    OHSU nurse & MTI volunteer Elaine Boomer.


    We congratulate Virginia Garcia and Meals on Wheels, who are partners of ours!  MTI provides Virginia Garcia with hygiene, medical supplies and over-the-medicines for their clients.  MTI provides Meals on Wheels with donated liquid food that we are unable to send overseas, keeping it out of the landfill.

    Thank you to all of our supporters and to all of the nurses who generously donate their time to help provide care for those in most need around the world.  

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