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PAGE 14 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC JULY 21, 1991 In Bolivia- By Sumn Mdain Sullivan Palm Beach Gardens, ~-L (CNS)- Nurses and surgeons heading to Cochabamba, Bolivia, with the Diocese of Palm Beach's Con E/medical team expect unusual condi- tions. But when the electricity failed in Cochabamba Hospital during surgery, flash- lights and hand-pumped anesthesiology equipment were the order of the day. adopted ~bmnba Hospital as its ser- vice center. ConE/is Spanish for "with him," summarizing the program's desire to share medical knowledge for the love of God. "It is with him, the Lord, that the Con E1 medical team goes to Cochabamba," said Palm Beach Bishop J. Keith Symons at a recent dinner to raise funds for the pro- gram, which hopes to organize a fourth two- week expedition to Cochabamba this falL Although" 10-12 medical professionals volunteer their services for each trip, costs were $14,000 last ),ear for air fare and lodg- ing of the team. The total was expected to rise to about $16,000 for the next trip. Con E/concentrates on Wearing babies mid small children, many of whom have facial defolmities such as severe deft lip and palate, and crippling bums, usually received Members of Con El, a volunteer medical service complete surgery at a hospital in Cochabamba, for illumination following a blackout. Wilham Pile/The Flonda Catholic)CNS organization from Florida, Bolivia, using a flashlight "We were in an area where there are no windows so it was pitch-dark," recalled Sylvia Denklei, a nurse from St. Mary Hospital in West Palm Beach who was assisting Dr. James Coyne, a West Palm Beach maxillo- facial surgeon. "Flashlights were brought out inunedi- ately and the operation went on for an- other hour until the work was completed on the 18-year-old girl," she said. Another nurse, Mary Kay Thomas, manually pumped the anesthesiology equipment to keep the patient sedated. Denkler, Coyne and Thomas are regular members of the all-volunteer, non-denomi- national Con E1 medical team, which has fi'om the kerosene stoves used throughout die impoverished Bolivian countryside. If time allows, older patients are seen. Re~: Francis Malone),, who once served in Ecuador as a SL James Society missiorv my, told ConE/supporters at the fundraising dinner that those who serve it are involved in a mission. "q'hose of you on the team who are going, you have been senL" he said. "You are our diocese. You open your heart. You operate and someone gets a new life." Contributions can be sent to Con El through the Diocese of Palm Beach, 9995 N. Military Trl., Palm Beach Gardens, FL, 33410. ....................... 1_. _._ _ _8431993 .................. 1993. He,p the dlo u ;d O it ii: i tO iOf Catho,,cs ,n Arkansas In" video" format,-: .~ ~"~ : ~ ~"~.. "~:" :" :":::::: ~!"~:~' ~: Send ~(n~ !O.flg!~!~~~.~.m;~pages of diades and other ~,~A~=,=~,l~.t~,& ~..,.k~=: ~.~ Z:...~..~ I~ ~.~ ~ 7~~~' '-.' :" "" " "" ~ " ;~ :" "> ~" ~';, ~":'~'~4~'.~.~.'~':'. ":':