Lives Changed for Guatemalan Children


This fall, through the combined efforts of many outstanding medical professionals from HEI and LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, 80 children in Guatemala received corrective surgery for crossed eyes (strabismus) and drooping eyelids (ptosis). Representing HEI were faculty members Natalie C. Kerr, MD, FACS, Brian C. Fowler, MD, Lauren C. Ditta, MD, and Ralph F. Hamilton, MD; orthoptist Chantel Devould, CO; and alumnus Emily Taylor Graves, MD.

We are grateful to the Shalom Foundation and the team at the Moore Pediatric Surgery Center in Guatemala City, led by Drs. Ligia Figueroa, Pedro Merida and Ana Muralles; the Hamilton family, who donated the facility fee; Alcon, Ethicon, MAP International, Beaver-Visitec International and AmeriCares, who donated medical supplies; and Drs. Ditta and Fowler, who facilitated those donations; and to all other sponsors, donors and volunteers.

(From left) Chantel Devould, Drs. Ditta, Kerr, Graves and Le Bonheur anesthesiologist Lilia Pereiras, MD.(From left) Chantel Devould, Drs. Ditta, Kerr, Graves and Le Bonheur anesthesiologist Lilia Pereiras, MD.

Dr. Fowler examines a patient.Dr. Fowler examines a patient.