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Update - October, 2012

Guatemalan Infant and Family Treatment


October, 2012

To all of our supporters and friends,

2012 was our 10th year of conducting medical clinics in the Lake Atitlan region of Guatemala.

Every year, hundreds of Indigenous people receive life-changing medical consults, operations, and other treatments through our ambulant medical clinics and rapid referral system.

G.I.F.T. provides financial support for doctors services, laboratory tests, X-rays, scans, MRI’s, specialists’ consultations, treatments, and private surgeries when needed.

image003This year we would like to thank Catherine McHugh, a final year medical student from Perth, Australia; Julie Arsenault, a nurse practitioner from Les Îles de la Madeleine; Julio Marroquin, a nurse practitioner from Tasiujaq, Quebec; Esteban Pablo, our faithful driver and Kaqchikel, Tz’utujil, Spanish, English translator; Moises Paulino Cutz Toc and the group Xocomil who organize our clinics and make sure they run smoothly; Dr Juan Pablo Escobar and his wife Dra Claudina Escobar and the staff at the “hospitalito” in Panajachel; and Jose Antonio Perez from Senderos de Maiz, who follows and provides for treatment of several handicapped patients.

Some cases really stand out:
Francisca, a 28 year old mother of one, was diagnosed by us last year with severe hyperthyroidism. Many months of medical treatments were completely unsuccessful and resulted in her illness progressing until her life was at stake. After one year and many specialists’ consults, we were finally able to obtain treatment for Francisca with Radioactive Iodine. The Iodine, not available in Guatemala, had to be imported from abroad. She responded well to the treatment and seems to be on the road to a full recovery.

image004Selvin, a 6 year old boy with bilateral hip dysplasia, was operated 3 times, bed confined with a cast for over a year, and is now finishing physiotherapy. His walking is steadily improving and he will be able to attend school, like any other boy his age, in January 2013
Wendy, our 10 year old girl with rheumatoid arthritis, is no longer in a wheelchair and is attending school as a normal student.

Thanks to your help we are able to supply the necessary treatments to patients like Francisca, Selvin, Wendy and many others.

Please keep supporting our work - you are truly making a difference in people’s lives.
We cannot continue without you.
Lyle Waldman, on behalf of the board of G.I.F.T.

Lyle Waldman, M.D., President
David Rosentzveig, Secretary
Gretchen Martin

Andrée Waldman, Treasurer
Marie Françoise Jothy.
Martin Simek

Donations can be sent to:

Project GIFT
4778 Victoria Ave, Montreal QC., H3W 2N1
Or through our website

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