Dikembe Mutombo blocks a shot at the DMF Basketball clinic in Kinshasa

There I was Deep in the Congo …

Pre-Trips are grueling, often including 20+ hours of travel, (each way) and 2 ½ days in country. Pre-Trips are also inspiring. The Congo was no different. We traveled for more than 20 hours first flying to European cities on the first leg of our trip. Then, after a short layover we boarded a flight to […]

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Bonne Chance!

It’s exciting to plan for a pre-trip. There are nerves of course, especially knowing that we are heading to a brand-spanking new location, one never before visited by an Operation Walk team. There is pride, because our leadership at OpWalk has deemed us ready to spread our wings and take this leap. There is excitement […]

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WOGO Team Plans Next Medical Mission to Congo with Dikembe Mutombo Foundation

Press Release Monday, June 15, 2015 for immediate Release WOGO Team Plans Next Medical Mission to Congo with Dikembe Mutombo Foundation Pinehurst, NC – June 15, 2015 – Women Orthopaedist Global Outreach (WOGO) announced the location of their next medical mission yesterday at the annual WOGO Golf Tournament, held at Pinehurst Resort. The team will […]

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Spinning The Globe

We are currently in the site selection phase of planning for our next medical mission. There are so many moving parts to planning for one of these trips it would be a long, boring blog to read about them.  But the overall process is fascinating and takes many steps to just make the site selection. […]

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Hugs! Shoes! Smiles! Hugs!

This morning we visited with our patients for last goodbyes. We really will miss their smiles and hugs. Boy were they generous with them. Smiles and hugs all around. It is always so touching and bittersweet to leave our patients. We know that they are recovering well and we know that they are in excellent hands with the hospital […]

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What an Adventure!

We’ve been having a very busy week. We’ve operated on 32 patients, replacing 44 knee joints and we had 4 patients that only needed injections. That’s 36 patients in all – operated on in 3+ days – we are quite proud of those numbers! Led by our surgeons, the team presented an educational symposium for doctors, nurses […]

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Marathon First Day

This morning we had the exciting experience of meeting our patients. We saw all of the prospective patients we had pre-screened plus 15 additional patients who heard we were in town. We were greeted with lots of smiling faces. The patients were by and large very excited to meet with the Surgeons and Doctors. We […]

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Sorting Our Stuff

Medical missions utilize a lot of stuff. And when I say a lot, I mean it, Nine-thousand-pounds of stuff. And that isn’t counting the 20 bags of other Stuff that the early team hauled across the sea. This means that our first day on the ground in Arusha was spent sorting more than 400 boxes […]

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From A-Town to A-Town

Otherwise known as ‘A’ Town by the locals, Arusha is a major international diplomatic hub city. Seated at the foot of Mount Meru, the 5th highest mountain in Africa, the city has a pleasant climate and beautiful environment. The charm of the city comes from the residents themselves who are charming and welcoming to all visitors. […]

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