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Central Texas Medical Center staff volunteer for a mission trip to Honduras and meet a sudden, unexpected need during their stay.


Eighteen volunteers and medical professionals from Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) recently traveled to Honduras to extend the healing ministry of Christ to those in need. The team saw 778 patients in four days, providing medical treatment, screenings, eyeglasses, medications, toothbrushes and an abundance of love and compassion to the people in the Pena Blanca region.

Karen Morris, CTMC's director of ancillary services, has led the way for 14 of these CTMC-sponsored medical mission trips to Honduras. Since 2007, more than 15,000 patients have received needed medical care through these trips.

During their most recent time in Central America, the CTMC team traveled to areas where people can not normally access medical services. On the second day of the trip, though, the brakes went out on their bus, setting the group back about an hour. During that time, a call came in alerting the team to a sick child along the route who was in urgent need of medical treatment.

Karen said, "When we found the child, he was having a severe asthma attack. With the help of the pharmacy team, one of our volunteer physicians was able to get the child the medication he needed, and he was doing much better within 15 minutes. Had the brakes not failed, we would not have been on the right part of the road to take care of that child."