Memphis, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – It’s a mission of mercy! Localmedical professionals and other volunteers travel to the Philippines each yearto provide medical care. Local 24 News weeknight anchor Katina Rankin has thislocal good news.
“Our clinic will typically see 2,000 people per day,”said Memphis Mission of Mercy Chairwoman NiaZalamea Ducklo.
Nia Zalamea Ducklo is talking about MemphisMission of Mercy, an organization of doctors, nurses, technicians anyone whobelieves in taking care of the poor who can’t afford medical help.
“A child who has a deformity of a foot and can’t walk. We’vehad children who are crawling on their torsos, dragging themselves with upperextremities,” said Ducklo.
The nonprofit’s mission is primarily a medical and surgical onecentered in the Philippines. They give residents medical supplies,walkers, crutches, wheelchairs, medicine – all at no cost.
“You may have a family of five come to you. And, threeof them just need vitamins and nutrition. One of them might need to have anoperation, and the other might have un-diagnosed hypertension,” saidDucklo.
In just 16 mission trips, they have averaged 25 major surgeries, 169minor surgeries, 1,344 consultations, and 24 dental procedures. Peoplefrom every direction come in droves for help.
“Typically for five operating rooms, we have five people perteam, so 25 at large. We do surgery all week, and at the end of the weekwe bring everyone back,” said Ducklo.
They have also installed clean water systems in five communities.
“They are not going to an apartment in Midtown. They aregoing down a dirt road living in an open-air hut. They may or may not haverunning water,” said Ducklo.
The nonprofit’s goal isn’t just medical care and clean water. Theyalso provide spiritual and educational needs, handing out school supplies, toys,and clothing to children who have little.
“We have to make sure they feel loved and cared for,independent from all the medical stuff,” said Ducklo.
How did the organization start? With one man who had a dreamto give back. His story during next week’s local good news.