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  • Mobile Dental Success Story: Jacqueline

    by Katie Carroll | May 23, 2014
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    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.

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    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.


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    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.  
  • Haiti Success Story: Montas

    by Katie Carroll | May 19, 2014
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    Montas next to his completed latrine.

     
    Montas Eliacé and his wife live in Démier, a locality in Crochu, Haiti. In May 2013, MTI held training session near his house. Although Montas was not participating in the training, those who attended passed along the information they had learned about Cholera prevention and diarrheal diseases. Montas was inspired by what he heard. He and his wife started saving to build a latrine. Eleven month later, the latrine is complete! Montas is very proud.

    Thank you for your donations to help prevent Cholera in Haiti. Because of you, communities and households are being transformed, and this deadly bacteria is being stopped in the most effective way possible - before it can infect. Thank you!!

  • KeyBank Portland Office Volunteers with MTI!

    by Katie Carroll | May 16, 2014

     

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    Yesterday we were grateful to have the downtown Portland office of KeyBank choose to volunteer at our headquarters in Tigard as part of their annual "Neighbors Make a Difference Day." Across the U.S., 7,000 KeyBank employees participated to make a difference in their communities.

    It was a hot day here (90 degrees!), and our generous volunteers cleaned two of our dental vans. They also helped pre-pack disaster response bags. We send these units in with our first responders so it's critical to have them ready in advance of a disaster. In one afternoon, they contributed to both our U.S. programs as well as our International programs! After their service, the team toured our REAL. LIFE. Exhibit.

    Of the experience, KeyBank employee Katerina shared, "I really loved the exhibit tour... it was good to see how we are contributing to helping people in need worldwide... The exhibit was sobering, but at the same time very inspirational to see how much Medical Teams International hs contributed to helping those in need."
     
    Thank you, KeyBank volunteers!!

    Join our team! You can make a direct impact on the lives of families in need around the world and here in the U.S. Check out our local volunteering opportunities - no medical experience required!


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