Spends His Break in Ecuador?
Joey Lenkey '19
Like many college students, Joey Lenkey headed south for Spring Break. But instead of hanging out at a beach, he was in Ecuador shadowing Director of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery at Penn State Hershey Medical Center Dr. John Myers ’74. Myers, who is also a professor of surgery and pediatrics, leads a team of healthcare professionals to train Ecuadorian surgeons and perform life-saving procedures at a children’s hospital. Joey has shadowed doctors in hospitals in Indiana before this trip. He has seen state-of-the art medical technology in action. So when he arrived at the hospital where he’d be working and living for the week, to say he was surprised would be an understatement. “Oftentimes, we paint a picture of South America as having only developing countries with the U.S. being far more advanced. While there are poverty-stricken areas in Ecuador, there are also areas that looked like Indianapolis. In fact, the hospital we were in was nicer and more advanced than some of the hospitals I have worked in before.” Joey was able to be in the operating room with surgeons, with some of the procedures lasting up to 12 hours, plus follow-up time spent with patients in ICU. “It was exciting to get up each morning for another long day if it meant seeing another child leave the hospital happier and healthier than when they entered.”
That’s a Wabash man for you. Seriously.