Soon after Dr. Matt Grunkemeyer returned from his medical mission trip to Kenya, he traveled to Ecuador in May, providing medical relief following the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that killed hundreds and injured thousands last April.
"Samaritan's Purse called and asked if I could drop everything and come to Ecuador. Adn with such an overwhelming need there, I really felt called to go," Dr. Grunkemeyer recounts. Samaritan's Purse flew in a DC-9 full of the equipment and supplies necessary to create a MASH-style mobile tent hospital staffed by volunteers from throughout the world.
"I spent two weeks operating from sunup to sundown and performed about 60 total surgeries," Dr. Grunkemeyer says. "It was interesting and somewhat providential that because I had recently returned from Africa, I knew how to do some techniques with limited resources."
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