• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Finding perspective and changing lives in Ecuador

January 15, 2017

Kate with children in Equador
For years, Kallie Howerton and Kate Hudson had been listening to Kate Welp talk about the mission trips to Ecuador she organizes every year. The nurses work together on the Cardiovascular Surgery Progressive Care unit at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, Saint Marys Campus.

“My preceptor planted the seed,” says Howerton, who has worked at Mayo Clinic for three years. “She raved about the awesome trip experience she had with Kate [Welp], and, working with Kate, I realized that she’s awesome. I can learn from her.”

In March their schedules aligned, enabling Howerton and Hudson to join Welp on a medical mission trip to Portoviejo, Ecuador, a hot, humid, boisterous, blue-collar town crisscrossed by power lines and brimming with street vendors, chickens, small cars and bicycles. The team was there to provide life-changing operations for Ecuadorian children who cannot get the complex surgeries they need through local resources.  Read the rest of their story.
This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.