Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Nicholas M. Halikis of Torrance Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group in Torrance, Calif., along with physical therapist Janelle Freshman, PT, DPT, OCS, CHT, and coordinator and photographer Howard Freshman visited the Rio San Juan in February 2015. This was the fourth medical aid trip for the orthopaedic team which brought care, equipment and supplies to the communities of Buena Vista, Boca de Sabalos and San Carlos. In addition to seeing dozens of patients, Dr. Halikis performed seven hand surgeries at the hospital in San Carlos as well as two others in the field.
Rafael Choiseul-Praslin coordinated the entire mission for San Juan Rio Relief in Nicaragua.
The team also included Krysta Mortland and Ceylan Carhoglu who are making a documentary about the mission. Peace Corps volunteer Flor Montero provided invaluable assistance in the operating room in San Carlos.
March 8, 2015