Liga International has been serving patients in rural Mexico since 1934 providing volunteer hernia surgery in Mexico. During these years doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, as well as a full range of medical and non-medical support staff have been helping patients by providing surgery and healthcare that they lack in their community.
Dr. Harris joined Liga in 2013 to be able to volunteer in under-served areas outside of the United States. During the missions to Mexico, Dr. Harris has performed numerous hernia surgeries enabling patients to return to work and be productive members in their families.
Volunteer Hernia Surgery in Mexico – Surgical Cases in El Fuerte
The cases that the local hospitals are unable or unwilling to perform, are brought to the El Fuerte medical clinic. During the 3 day mission, the patients are evaluated, prepped for surgery, operated on, and recovered. Surgeries range from large cancers on the skin, to gallbladder removal, to long standing hernias.
Patients often present with unique stories and situations that have left them without medical care for many years. Many cannot hold jobs due to a large hernia which prevents them from earning income for their family.
As a team, the mission can provide care which would never have been able to be delivered in their local communities. The operating room is set up similar to a military unit with two patients being operated on at the same time in the same room.
About Liga International
Since 1934, the Flying Doctors of Mercy have been creating miracles deep in the heart of México, where only the employed can afford medical and dental care.
With modern donated equipment, Liga volunteers treat tens of thousands of persons every year, and provide millions of dollars in services to the local peoples.
Audiologists, physicians, surgeons, podiatrists, anesthetists, nurses, translators and others from all corners of the globe, depart in aircraft from California, Arizona and Nevada for their flights to historic El Fuerte in the State of Sinaloa, México. When they return to their homes early Sunday afternoon, they will have been away little more than 48 hours, but together they will have changed over 1,000 lives, and have experienced a trip of a lifetime.