Month: July 2014

Krisensha- An Aloha Medical Mission Photo Essay

***Originally Posted on Ka Hui Ho’olauna Page***

During the first day of the mission, Debbie and I met a young woman who came in the hospital with a bump above her spine. It was diagnosed as a Lipoma- a benign tumor composed of fatty tissue. Her name was Krisensha Ramos, a mother of three girls who came in with her longtime friend. Ramos’s husband worked as a construction worker and like most people in Tuguegarao, could not afford the surgery that would have required thousands of pesos. Since the surgery dealt with her spine, the surgeons decided it would be better to perform the lipoma extraction the following day. The next day, we followed her through the operating room.

Krisensha Ramos with Aloha Medical Mission General Surgeon, Margaret Lee. Lee is a 76-year old surgeon who had done hundreds of surgeries for a variety of medical missions around the world.
A view of a majority of the Lipoma that was extracted from Krisensha’s upper spine.
With the help of a local nurse, Dr.Lee slowly separates the fatty tissue from the skin.
With the help of a local nurse, Dr.Lee slowly separates the fatty tissue from the skin.
A local nurse trainee watching Dr. Lee perform the surgery. The operating room consisted of two surgeries occurring at the same time. Local Nurses and Volunteer nurses on the Mission worked together to do as much surgeries as possible.
Ramos on the Operating Room. She was awake thorough the whole process.
Local Philippine nurses and volunteer nurse trainees helping move surgical lights in the operating room. Local Philippine nurses and volunteer nurse trainees helping move surgical lights in the operating room.
Dr. Lee showing us the Lipoma.
A local nurse showing Ramos the Lipoma.
DSCF0038Dr. Lee posing with Ramos and her lifelong friend after the surgery.

 

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Bobby Bergonio- Demo Reel

My name is Bobby Bergonio and I’m a Multimedia Journalist with previous experience at Hawaii News Now as their Spring SPJ-Intern and Staff Writer at KaLeo Newspaper. Through these experiences, I have learned a lot about writing articles, scripts, and the art of interviewing.

During my last year in college, a colleague and I were fortunate enough to travel to the Cagayan Province in the Philippines for a story on the Aloha Medical Mission. We recorded hours of footage for our show “Ka Hui Ho’olauna,” in the Philippines and also wrote a freelance article for Hawaii Business Magazine in the process. This demo reel includes news packages and anchor segments from the shows.

Enjoy!