Palau Orthopedic Mission 2016

This is the super team of volunteers who ran this mission.

This is the super team of volunteers who ran this mission.

Canvasback Missions completed its second mission to Palau last month. From April 6- 29, we worked with the Palau Ministry of Health to run an orthopedic mission at Belau National Hospital.

We sent a team of 16 surgeons and support staff, which provided free clinics and surgeries to patients needing joint care. This mission, we performed 30 surgeries, including 15 total knee replacements and arthroscopy and knee and hand surgeries. In total, we provided 206 consultations, 157 physical therapy sessions, joint injections, and a number of supplies, equipment, and medication.

Patients from our last orthopedic mission to Palau in October of last year paid visits to this team, showing us how they were doing after their treatment six months ago.

One patient, Edith Techur, had received a total knee replacement from our team last year. She had a message for the mission's volunteers:

"Thank you very much, doctors! God bless you," she said.

She then danced a cha-cha, right there in the hospital, to show what a difference the operation had made to her mobility and her life.

L to R: Grateful patient Edith Techur and Jacque Spence.

L to R: Grateful patient Edith Techur and Jacque Spence.

Another patient, Rosalita Ngeluk, had been wheelchair bound for over seven years. This mission team was able to give her two total knee replacements. She rejoiced that she was able to walk again!

Last year, during our October 2015 orthopedic mission to Palau, we provided a total value of services of $941,599.00. We haven't finished calculating this mission's value of services, but we expect it to exceed last year's.

None of this is possible without the incredible support of our many donors. DePuy Synthes provided $110,000 worth of Monovisc and Orthovisc injections, which relieve pain and restore joint function. Zimmer Biomet provided all of the artificial joints used by our team. Matson, Inc. generously provided the 40-foot container and shipping services we used to send all of our surgery supplies and equipment to Palau. Providence St. Mary's Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington loaned the equipment necessary for the surgeries, and Surangel & Sons, Co. and the Seventh-day Adventist Church provided additional support to the team.

The Canvasback family, of course, made it all possible through constant support and funding. We thank you for being a critical part of the mission.

If you're interested in getting involved, consider donating to or volunteering with us.