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Clemson undergraduate and graduate nursing students spent a week delivering health care in rural villages in the Dominican Republic.Image Credit: Stephanie Davis
CLEMSON — It’s a moment that Bailee McCarley will never forget.
She witnessed the reactions of an elderly man, who had difficultly hearing, after he was handed a New Testament Bible and his wife, who had poor eyesight, after she was given a pair of glasses.
“He kissed the Bible over and over, and he kept saying ‘Glorious day,’” the Clemson University family nurse practitioner student said. “I will never forget how happy the couple was. They were crying. They kept saying they were thankful we had come and that God had blessed their day.”
This was just one of many moments Clemson University School of Nursing students witnessed on their medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic. They sacrificed their spring breaks, good connections to wi-fi and American plumbing to spend a week treating patients in hot and dusty rural villages.
Clemson faculty members Stephanie Davis, Jennifer Rice and Misty Seaborn led the trip that was organized by Volunteers in Medical Missions based in Seneca.
Their mission: to serve as many people as possible.
Over the course of four days, they provided care to 674 patients. They treated a variety of illnesses from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, parasitic infections and anemia, as well as joint and back pain and skin infections.
Their team consisted of 13 Clemson undergraduate students, 12 graduate students, three faculty and two physicians, a physician’s assistant, a nurse and a recent Clemson nurse practitioner graduate.
Though they traveled to remote villages, their mission trip was based out of the Solid Rock International Clinic. Each day they traveled to a different rural village: Sosa, El Colegio, Las Yayas de Pondie and La Navajo. For hours each day the students worked alongside other health …