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March l8, 2015
Spring Break-More Like Spring Brigade
Emily Chilton, Copy Editor
While most people went on vacations
or just hung around at home, a few Meredith
Angels chose to spend their spring break
on a medical brigade in Nicaragua. The trip
was March 8-March 14 and the group was
composed of 30 people from Meredith and
NC State. Many in the group were pre-health
care, and some were psych majors preparing
for careers in occupational therapy. Naha Khan
organized this trip, her last of three since she is
a senior this year. She has been to Hondnras,
Panama, and now Nicaragua. “She put so much
effort into all of this and did everything before
we left,” said sophomore Kelsey Wilson.
“The people there welcomed us into
their homes and were just genuinely happy to
have us there. They were a lot different from
people that I’ve experienced here,” said Wilson.
“Our group meshed well, and every person
worked really hard and loved it just as much
as I did!” Wilson is a biology and public health
major at Meredith.
The first day, the group packed
medicine and observed a public health brigade
building a house and a few outhouses in the
town. The rest of the week they worked to give
help and medicine to those who needed it,
with the assistance of three local doctors and
one ER doctor from Duke. The group saw 793
consults over the course of the week. “We were
able to supply every person that came with
parasite medicine, and a lot of them needed it
immediately for themselves,” said Wilson. They
operated a pharmacy out of a local woman’s
house and also had a dental station set up for
the people. “We educated kids on how to brush
their teeth to prevent cavities, and then we
ended up just pla3dng with them!” said Wilson.
“We all had a great time.”
Cllnica Los RoMes/IK/li '^S
photos via Emily Chilton
Editors: Julia Dent, Editor in Chief. Marlena Brown, Managing Editor. Cody Jeffrey, Assistant Editor. Emily Chilton, Copy Editor. Monique
Kreisman, News Editor. Fantasia Evans, Editorials Editor. Rachel Pratl, Online Editor. Layout Editors: Stephanie Livesay, Olivia McElvaney, Laura
Douglass, Samantha-Kate Shuford
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