Category Archives: Medical Expeditions

WHEELCHAIR MIRACLE

March 23, 2014 – I am on an airplane from Bogota, Colombia to Houston, Texas.

WHEELCHAIR MIRACLE

I often visit the Deseret Industries in search of wheelchairs.  Many weeks ago I found a special needs wheelchair.  It had a headrest, body harness, side supports for the body and an eating tray.  It was small.  I immediately thought about some small child in Mexico or another country that could use it.

For years Charity Anywhere Foundation works with a Catholic priest who works with severally handicapped children.  He would for sure have a home for this wheelchair.  I bought the chair for Padre Jaime’s program in Tijuana, Mexico.

I recently had reason to fly to San Diego and then drive into Tijuana where Padre Jaime has his program.  Airlines will fly wheelchairs for free.  My ticket to fly down to San Diego was a standby ticket with United Airlines.  As I checked the wheelchair in, the airline clerk said the wheelchair was also on standby so if I didn’t make the flight the wheelchair would not make it also.  Sure enough, I didn’t make the flight on United but booked a ticket with Southwest.  The special needs chair did not make the flight.

When I arrived in Tijuana, I drove to Padre Jaime’s program to deliver other items I had for him.  I looked around the room and saw a few wheelchairs not being used.  Even a special needs chair.  I was so relieved.

Upon returning home from Mexico the special needs chair was at our warehouse waiting for a home.  Shortly after returning I was scheduled to fly to Ecuador on another expedition so I took the special needs chair with me on the airplane. Yes, for free.

Our first place in Ecuador where we setup our medical, dental and vision clinic was in a Christian Chapel.  Our U.S. volunteers had brought 8 wheelchairs.  We contacted the local evangelist of the church and showed him this special needs wheelchair and we felt he might know where it could be used.  Within one hour a family arrived carrying this 11 year old girl with serious handicap problems.  She was very small and fit well into the chair.  We adjusted the headrest, put the harness on, adjusted the footrests at the right height, put the tray table on so her arms could rest, and adjusted the body side supports.  A perfect fit.

She was thrilled.  The family rolled her around the chapel at ease.  They would no longer have to carry her.  She would now be more mobile.  What a thrill to all, that this special needs chair had found the right home.  God’s hand was involved.

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WHEELCHAIR MIRACLE

March 23, 2014 – I am on an airplane from Bogota, Colombia to Houston, Texas.

WHEELCHAIR MIRACLE

I often visit the Deseret Industries in search of wheelchairs.  Many weeks ago I found a special needs wheelchair.  It had a headrest, body harness, side supports for the body and an eating tray.  It was small.  I immediately thought about some small child in Mexico or another country that could use it.

For years Charity Anywhere Foundation works with a Catholic priest who works with severally handicapped children.  He would for sure have a home for this wheelchair.  I bought the chair for Padre Jaime’s program in Tijuana, Mexico.

I recently had reason to fly to San Diego and then drive into Tijuana where Padre Jaime has his program.  Airlines will fly wheelchairs for free.  My ticket to fly down to San Diego was a standby ticket with United Airlines.  As I checked the wheelchair in, the airline clerk said the wheelchair was also on standby so if I didn’t make the flight the wheelchair would not make it also.  Sure enough, I didn’t make the flight on United but booked a ticket with Southwest.  The special needs chair did not make the flight.

When I arrived in Tijuana, I drove to Padre Jaime’s program to deliver other items I had for him.  I looked around the room and saw a few wheelchairs not being used.  Even a special needs chair.  I was so relieved.

Upon returning home from Mexico the special needs chair was at our warehouse waiting for a home.  Shortly after returning I was scheduled to fly to Ecuador on another expedition so I took the special needs chair with me on the airplane. Yes, for free.

Our first place in Ecuador where we setup our medical, dental and vision clinic was in a Christian Chapel.  Our U.S. volunteers had brought 8 wheelchairs.  We contacted the local evangelist of the church and showed him this special needs wheelchair and we felt he might know where it could be used.  Within one hour a family arrived carrying this 11 year old girl with serious handicap problems.  She was very small and fit well into the chair.  We adjusted the headrest, put the harness on, adjusted the footrests at the right height, put the tray table on so her arms could rest, and adjusted the body side supports.  A perfect fit.

She was thrilled.  The family rolled her around the chapel at ease.  They would no longer have to carry her.  She would now be more mobile.  What a thrill to all, that this special needs chair had found the right home.  God’s hand was involved.

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Andes Mountains

I was in Otavalo on Monday.  Dr. Zambrano wanted someone to drive the van from Otavalo to Tena, Ecuador.  I had never thought that one thing on my bucket list would be drive over the Andes.  Yes, it was not on my bucket list.  I put it on the list Monday morning.  I was the driver.

WE started up the road to Tena on a four lane highway.  The scenery was like Idaho.  Dry and no trees.  However, the higher on the Andes we got the more green it became.  The four lane turned to 2 lanes.  Big trucks were going up and would slow us down in trying to pass.  It also started to rain some.  Finally, we went over the pass and then it really got green and the rain was constant.  We had a couple of close calls but none my fault.  These crazy drivers were truly putting me to the test.  One bus pulled out from the right heading at me so I passed him on the left.  I had 11 passengers and they all yelled at the bus.  Once over the pass I thought we would soon be down in the plain area.  But no, the mountains kept coming at us.  We were in canyons forever.  Beautiful canyons and green.  It reminded me of Guatemala.  We averaged about 40 mph.  I was surprised at how good the roads were.  We were driving over the Andes for at least 2 hours.  No straight roads.A lot of hairpins.

Now that the drive is behind me I would recommend to all that they put on their bucket list driving over the Andes.  No snow up there but it was cooler.  Once on the plains it was hot and muggy.  We hope to go back over the Andes on Sunday.

Thanks for reading.  Will be back home on Tuesday night.

Love you all.

Gordon Carter

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Andes Mountains

I was in Otavalo on Monday.  Dr. Zambrano wanted someone to drive the van from Otavalo to Tena, Ecuador.  I had never thought that one thing on my bucket list would be drive over the Andes.  Yes, it was not on my bucket list.  I put it on the list Monday morning.  I was the driver.

WE started up the road to Tena on a four lane highway.  The scenery was like Idaho.  Dry and no trees.  However, the higher on the Andes we got the more green it became.  The four lane turned to 2 lanes.  Big trucks were going up and would slow us down in trying to pass.  It also started to rain some.  Finally, we went over the pass and then it really got green and the rain was constant.  We had a couple of close calls but none my fault.  These crazy drivers were truly putting me to the test.  One bus pulled out from the right heading at me so I passed him on the left.  I had 11 passengers and they all yelled at the bus.  Once over the pass I thought we would soon be down in the plain area.  But no, the mountains kept coming at us.  We were in canyons forever.  Beautiful canyons and green.  It reminded me of Guatemala.  We averaged about 40 mph.  I was surprised at how good the roads were.  We were driving over the Andes for at least 2 hours.  No straight roads.A lot of hairpins.

Now that the drive is behind me I would recommend to all that they put on their bucket list driving over the Andes.  No snow up there but it was cooler.  Once on the plains it was hot and muggy.  We hope to go back over the Andes on Sunday.

Thanks for reading.  Will be back home on Tuesday night.

Love you all.

Gordon Carter

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Eagle scout delivers diabetic supplies to Father Jaime in Tijuana

Jared Cuessy, an Eagle Scout, delivered last weekend diabetic supplies to Padre Jaime. Padre Jaime works with many poor children in Tijuana that are in dire need of diabetic supplies. Jared, for his Eagle Project, gathered over $20,000 worth of supplies in California and then delivered them to 4 different places in Tijuana that work with the poor. His great interest in helping the poor that deal with diabetes is he is diabetic. He totally understands the daily challenges of dealing with diabetes. His parents drove him across the border to deliver all the supplies. All 4 locations were very grateful for the donation.

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Eagle scout delivers diabetic supplies to Father Jaime in Tijuana

Jared Cuessy, an Eagle Scout, delivered last weekend diabetic supplies to Padre Jaime. Padre Jaime works with many poor children in Tijuana that are in dire need of diabetic supplies. Jared, for his Eagle Project, gathered over $20,000 worth of supplies in California and then delivered them to 4 different places in Tijuana that work with the poor. His great interest in helping the poor that deal with diabetes is he is diabetic. He totally understands the daily challenges of dealing with diabetes. His parents drove him across the border to deliver all the supplies. All 4 locations were very grateful for the donation.

 

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Trip to Tena Ecuador

Outside it is pouring rain with thunder and lightning sparking the night. I am safely under a huge covering enjoying the experience. We have been in Tena, Ecuador all day. There was a presentation by the Mayor to Gordon and Charity Anywhere. The airforce was represented, the fire department, the senior citizen group, the health department and two other mayors representing 10 mayors in the province. It was not a huge deal but the TV camera’s were there and we smiled a lot. The container that was sent 3 months ago had been unloaded and some of the contents were displayed including the ambulance which we had purchased from Malad, Idaho.

Our CAF team worked all day Tuesday and all day today. There were 3 doctors and 6 dentists. We went outside the town a few miles to see 3 of the wheelchairs we had donated. They were for twin that were disabled since birth……WOW there just was a HUGE lightning strike, like right beside me and and enormous thunder. I just about jumped out of my skin!!!!!

It has been a unique experience. It all started when we arrive in Quito at 9:30 Monday night. We were both tired. Dr. Z picked us up and said we are driving to Tena that night. That is 4 hours away up over the Andies into the Amazon rain forest. I would have preferred to tuck into a nice bed but off we went! We talked most of the way and it went by fast. But we drove thru Tena and just kept going. The roads got narrower and narrower. I asked where we were staying… I started to get a little suspicious when Dr. Z couldn’t find the right road. He crossed a small bridge and said it was somewhere close. I saw NOTHING. He slowed by a small dirt road. And sure enough he pulled off. It was like taking a road thru a cow pasture. We just kept going and going. Finally….we pulled up to some small houses. When we got into the room it was beautiful! This place is like a little paradise in the middle of the jungle!. There is a clear river right beside our room. This place has a pool and a hot tub. A volleyball area and lovely areas to just bask in the sun. It is quite warm here and there is 90% humidity. There are these beautiful mountains all around the town that are covered with mists and clouds. Dr. Z said they were sacred mountains and you can actually find gold there still.

We have been treated like Santa Claus. We’ve been wined and dined at their nicest places. We have found some of the friends who came to Salt Lake. It has been a very unique experience. We will be leaving here tomorrow afternoon to go to Quito. On Friday we go to Otovalo to meet with Mayor Mario. Saturday we head back to the USA.

I love you all and hope you are doing well.

Susan Carter

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