KPTA Reimbursement Chair, Holly Johnson PT, DPT, and her family recently returned from their third medical mission trip to Ometepe Island, Nicaragua. Working with Global Health Outreach, a 47 member team – comprised of medical professionals and their families along with a group of local interpreters – spent a week on the island. Together, they provided over 2000 people with physical therapy, family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, and dentistry services, organized an eye glasses clinic, distributed shoes, and conducted Bible school for the local children.
According to Holly, many amazing accounts of service were witnessed, including a 13 year-old spina bifida patient who walked for the first time in several years with a new walker and long leg braces. This child and an adult CP patient also received new wheelchairs, and patient care was provided to a variety of pediatric, orthopedic and geriatric patients. In addition, numerous pairs of shoes and PT/medical supplies were donated by PT Pros’ patients and clinics to share with the families on the island. The medical missionary visit makes services available to approx. 40,000 residents of the island and is the only one made to Ometepe each year.