The doctors in Ecuador’s capital, Quito, told baby Emily’s young parents that their daughter’s heart condition was inoperable in Ecuador. Fortunately, the despairing parents, Rudy and Diego, happened to hear about “el doctor gringo” in Loja, a town near their home, who might be able to help them.
Thus began a long and arduous series of consultations, tests, fights with the bureaucracy and encounters with numerous other obstacles. These efforts were spearheaded by Dr. Murray Greenwood, a former Austin pediatrician who is now doing wonderful medical mission work in Loja and made it his personal crusade to get the appropriate medical treatment for Emily Caillagua to save her young life.
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A native of Ecuador and educated in the Netherlands, Dorian de Wind is a retired U.S. Air Force officer who likes to write and who contributes opinion, travel, military and human interest articles to several newspapers and blogs. After extensive work and travel abroad, Dorian settled in Austin in 1995.