Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Hola family and friends.  Our last day Guatemala was an awesome experience.  It began with treatment of pediatric patients.  The student were split into 4 groups and worked with patients with various complexities.

Following that experience, there was a break where students sought to pick up last minute souvenirs and gifts for themselves and loved ones.  The group reconvened at 2 o'clock and prepared for a fun-filled day at the Central Square with selected patients.  Patients from the pediatric, young adult, and geriatric sections were gathered and escorted to the Central Square.  Upon arrival, the patients were given icecream and entertained with song and dance by the Outreach team.  Some patients even joined in during the "Hokie Pokie" dance!

The Central Square was full of excitement with a Guatemalan "clown" performing various acts and tricks.  The patients grinned from ear to ear during the performance and seemed very grateful for the experience.  The social outing finished with a trip to the local church.  Goodbyes were tough for both the patients and the Outreach team.  The impact on the patients' spirits were evident, but the even bigger impact was the one they made on us.  We all leave Guatemala in high spirits and hopeful that our trip was meaningful!


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