July – Yucatan: Children’s Lifeline / Mercy Medical Center / American Airlines
In 2011, we have planned with Mercy Medical Center and Dr. Stephen Mooradian along with American Airlines to bring 25 children (5 of the children are featured below) to Des Moines, Iowa to receive life saving cardiac procedures to correct congenital defects. Doctors from Mercy travel to the Yucatan and evaluate children from the area using makeshift clinics and coordinate their care so that the children are able to travel to the United States for their surgery. Dr. Becker and staff from Mercy Hospital generously donate all their healthcare services, along with lodging and food for the child’s guardian. Sometimes the child’s stay can be as long as 3 weeks before they are able to return home.