By Sheila Wolfson, ReSurge volunteer on recent trip to Ecuador
As Dr. Jorge Palacios was driving both the U.S. and Ecuadorian teams from Guayaquil to the town of Bahía de Caráquez (about a 4 hour drive) to perform a week of surgeries, we stopped mid-way at a gas station in the small town of Jipijapa.
As is typical of Dr. Palacios, who is always giving of his time and energy to see patients in need, we were there not just for an el baño (bathroom) break, but to do a consultation with the family of a two-year-old boy named Wilmes. He had previously had surgery on his cleft lip and palate, and he would need an additional surgery for his palate. Several days later, they showed up at the hospital in Bahia and the little boy was scheduled for surgery.
On our return from Bahia to Guayaquil, again we stopped at the gas station for Dr. Palacios to see a little girl (pictured above with Dr. George Gregory) who could not have surgery while we were in Bahia because she had a swollen lip when we arrived. He had prescribed antibiotics for her, and after evaluating her again in the car (and bribing her with chocolate), Dr. Palacios determined that she had improved sufficiently on the antibiotics and that he would see her a short while later in his office in Guayaquil.
Day and night, weekday or weekend, Dr. Palacios is there for those who need him.