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In the news: UIHC surgeons operate on patients in need in Honduras

October 17th, 2018
Hand surgeon Ericka Lawler with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia hand surgeon (formerly of UIHC) Apurva Shah. (contributed)

Hand surgeon Ericka Lawler with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia hand surgeon (formerly of UIHC) Apurva Shah. (contributed)

By Jordan Prochnow, The Daily Iowan

A team of surgeons and providers from the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics spent several days in Honduras in September offering upper body extremities surgeries to children in need.

Partnered with providers from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the team spent its fourth-annual trip to Siguatepeque at La Providencia, an orphanage with an on-site clinic and facilities.

The mission trip is part of Sharing Resources Worldwide, located in Madison, Wisconsin. There are seven teams with different surgical specialties that travel to Honduras every year with the goal of treating patients who otherwise may not have access to health-care resources.

“It really opens your eyes to the incredible access to health care that we have in the United States,” orthopedic surgeon Ericka Lawler said. “Many patients travel multiple hours to see us for things that should have been treated months ago.”

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