In addition to these local physicians, others involved in the trip included Dr. Gonzalo Corvera, Director of CNI’s sister nonprofit in Mexico City, Amaoir, Dr. Rudolfo Meza, a Comitan ENT, as well as Dr. Jeffrey Keyser from Providence, Utah. To round out this philanthropic team, three nurses and two audiologists volunteered their time. Together, they performed 16 surgeries and distributed approximately 110 hearing aids.
Established in 1989 by CNI, the World Hearing Network has traveled the globe, bringing hope, technology and supplies to patients and medical teams struggling with disorders of the ear. In past years, CNI Affiliates have gone on World Hearing Trips to countries such as Peru, Jamaica, Vietnam, Honduras, Costa Rica and Ecuador. Locations are chosen because of their identified medical and audiological needs, and because local medical professionals agreed to provide follow-up care to patients treated during the missions.
World Hearing Trips leave a profound impact on everyone - from the donors whose contributions help support the missions, to the volunteers who freely give their time and expertise, to the grateful recipients who often stand in line for hours for the chance to receive quality, no cost, medical attention.
Not only is the trip funded through monetary contributions, but the medical supplies for the trip are also donated. There were multiple sources, but major assistance with supplies came from Swedish Medical Center and Stryker, a medical technology company.
“After each volunteer mission with the CNI World Hearing Network, I am always amazed by how much we are able to accomplish in a short period of time. It is so rewarding to see what a team can do and how the intensive planning pays off. Not only are we able to bring hearing to patients that have no other resources, but we are able to educate the local professionals who can help patients every day. The word “network” is so appropriate here, because each trip involves generous donations from industry and individuals, medical volunteers, and members of the local communities where we travel,” said Dr. Kelsall.
“We have developed such strong relationships with the medical staff in Comitan. The impressive level of trust and camaraderie allows us to work together as a team to treat so many individuals in need. These World Hearing Trips are truly inspirational,”
Photos and information about the World Hearing Network can be found a www.thecni.org. To learn more about Amaoir, CNI’s sister nonprofit, please visit www.amaoir. Translation of Amaoir’s website content is available. Both organizations graciously accept donations to continue offering aid to patients.
About Colorado Neurological Institute
Colorado Neurological Institute (CNI) has been providing research, education and patient services for persons with neurological conditions and their caregivers since 1988. As the only nonprofit organization in the Rocky Mountain Region of its kind, CNI offers patient services, education and research opportunities for people with neurological conditions of all kinds and their caregivers. Services include patient assistance funds, care coordination, counseling, rehab, educational programs and more. More than 50 neuroscientists are affiliated with CNI and the list is growing. Learn more at www.thecni.org.
About the CNI World Hearing Network
The mission of the CNI World Hearing Network is to help alleviate hearing loss and diseases of the ear worldwide by empowering local doctors and audiologists and transferring state-of-the-