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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Tanzania 2011 surgery trips begins!

Meet your 2011 Tanzania surgical team:

Cindy Pennie, Team leader and RN, Stillwater, OK
Doug Treptow, surgeon, Rogers
Andrea Doeden, obstetrician and gynecologist, Trinidad, Co
Leslie Menchetti , nurse practitioner, Rogers, Ar
Lisa Eccles, RN, Arcadia, Ok
Pati Murdock , helper (logistics), Rogers, Ar
Karne Beighle, helper, (Paige’s mother), Edmond, Ok
Paige Beighle, helper (PT student), Edmond, Ok
Anne Duhon, helper (Pati’s mother), Whitehouse, Tx
Chelsea Anderson, helper (pre-med student), Rogers, AR
Dani Shackleton, ,helper (student nurse) (Treptow’s family), Lincoln, Ne
Susie Stussi, helper, Edmond, Ok
Glennis Treptow, helper (Doug’s wife), Rogers, AR

As we begin our trip this morning, the team is leaving from 3 different airports and we will not unite until we meet in Amsterdam, early Sunday morning (late Saturday evening local time). The Arkansas team (Doug, Glennis, Chelsea, Lesli and Dani) leaves from the local airport in NW Arkansas and connects to Amsterdam through Atlanta. The Oklahoma team ( Cindy, Andrea, Karen, Paige, Susie and Lisa) leaves from Oklahoma City and meets up with Pati and Anne in Dallas, before travelling on to Amsterdam. Pati and Anne are flying out of Tyler, Tx, which allows Pati to take her daughter, Shelby, to stay with her dad, Anne’s husband, Bob, for a long visit together while Anne is gone. Once we arrive in Dar es Salaam, at 10 pm Sunday evening, more than 27 hours will have passed since we left our home cities. In Dar es Salaam tomorrow evening, we will stay at a local guesthouse, continuing on to Morogoro by car, a 3 hour trip. This will be the most dangerous part of our trip, as the two-lane highway between the two cities is a corridor that sees many vehicle accidents. Tanzanian drivers generally discount street and traffic signs as being merely a “suggestion”.

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