Charity Surgery



tarhawk painting

The "TarHawk" symbol

designed by

Felix Balladeres Zamora

skeletonsa

One skeleton helping another

by Laury


soma mac operate

Soma and Mac operating

This page is about the mission trips of the "TarHawks," (UNC & Kansas) a group of Orthopedic Surgeons, Orthopedic Residents, Anesthesiologists, Anesthetists, Nurses, Surgical Technicians and other volunteers who have made a number of trips to Jinotega, Nicaragua to perform charity surgeries originally under the auspices of Project Health for Leon and then starting in August 2010 under the auspices of the Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedic Foundation

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TarHawk

dinner

Dinner at Hotel Cafe with the gang

Sunset from mountainside Un Esfuezo Mas is a song about these missions.written by our host in Jinotega, Felix Manuel Balladeres Zamora (first on the left in the picture above). It was translated and sung by Elene Dahners.

jinotega

Jinotega Nicargua

 

 

Jinotega is a video from our first trip there and Nic '06 is from the trip in January of '06.

Smile is a music video about the charity surgery group Operation Smile with whom I made two trips

These are links to the official reports of the TarHawk trips so far

#1 Orthopedic Mission to Jinotega 2003

#2 Orthopedic Mission to Jinotega 2004

#3 Orthopedic Mission to Jinotega January 2005

#4 Orthopedic Mission to Jinotega March 2005

#5 Orthopedic Mission to Jinotega January 2006

#6 Orthopedic Mission to Jinotega August 2006

#7 Orthopedic Mission to Jinotega January 2007

#8 Orthopedic Mission to Jinotega August 2007

#9 Orthopedic Mission to Jinotega January 2008

#10 Orthopedic Mission to Jinotega August 2008

#11 Orthopedic Mission to Jinotega January 2009

#12 Orthopedic Mission to Jinotega August 2009

#13 Orthopedic Mission to Jinotega January 2010

#14 Orthopedic Mission to Jinotega August 2010

#15 Orthopedic Mission to Jinotega January 2011

#16 Orthopedic Mission to Jinotega September 2011

#17 Orthopedic Mission to Jinotega January 2012

#18 Orthopedic Mission to Jinotega September 2012

TarHawks Letter head

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Jan Leo, Gerry McNamara, Laury Dahners and Carroll Jones on the first trip to Jinotega in January 2003

 

TKR

David McDaniel, John Barrington and Dan Murphy peforming a Total Knee Replacement

countryside

The local countryside

Three girls (patients)

Three of our patients


reversed clubfoot pre

A boy with such severe clubfeet that he wore his shoes backwards.

rev clubfoot pre

 

The knee is pointing up in this photo. It was taken in the OR prior to attempting to repair this severe clubfoot.

rev clubfoot post

At our next trip a year later, one foot is facing forward and the other still backwards, he is anxiously awating repair of the second foot

 

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Final view of feet in 2006

rev dlubfoot intra

At the end of the procedure (there was a lot of sweatin' and cussin' involved in doing this as it was one of the hardest surgeries I've been in on), the foot is facing frontward in the cast.

Happy Kid

kruk pre

Preop photo of a woman whose husband cut off both of her hands with a machete. Prosthetic hands are a poor option in 3rd world countries.

kruk post

Dr. Jan Leo performed Krukenberg's operation to separate the radius and ulna providing the patient with a "grasping claw."

kruk late

A year later she is using the "claw" to feed herself without a prosthesis.

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John Lohnes, Vicki Moore, Jenny Hooker doing a caudal block

adult clubfoot pre

This 26 year old woman had walked on the side of her clubfoot for her entire life.

adult clubfoot intra

At the end of the procedure her foot is back on straight.

adult clubfoot post

A year later she came back to show us how happy she was to walk on the bottom of her foot.

group on tank 06

2006 group on wrecked tank from war

       

dinner

March 2005 dinner

2004 gp

2004 group

Mac

Mac

Boy in Wheelchair

Boy in wheelchair

Carroll and Felix operating

Carroll and Felix Gonzales operating on a boys leg

'06 gang at dinner

Aug '06 gang at dinner

Aug '07 Lunch at Pollo Frit

Jan and Felix op

Jan and Felix Balladeres work on tendons

Waiting

Waiting to be seen in clinic

tarhawk cast

TarHawk cast (partly light blue, partly red)

TKR Painted

Cross

Felicia Sumpter at the cross on the mountain west of Jinotega.

Riding out to the finca

Riding out to the finca Aug 2009

open sc hum

Now that's a bad supracondylar humerus fracture

open sc hum post op

Supracondylar humerus fracture post op

Murph and Kauk

Murphy, Kauk and Jose (Cuervo)

Bob Esther, James Meeker

James Meeker, Bob Esther, Felix Balladeres excising tumor, leg

Morelia Cruz letter

A letter of thanks from 15 year old Morelia Cruz

three fingered hand

Three fingered hand (congenital)

tibia lost to osteo

A two year old girl whose tibia was destroyed by osteomyelitis

tibia lost to osteo xr

X-ray of her leg showing the loss of the tibia

Tibia pro fibula reconstruction

Recostruction of the leg by moving the fibula over to replace the tibia (tibia pro fibula)

tib followup

Followup 8 months later