U of M medical residents Ashley Balsam, M.D., and Janielle Nordell, M.D., conduct a home visit in Nicaragua to check a baby's bilirubin level. Babies and their mothers typically leave the hospital after eight hours, so any follow-up for jaundice assessment must be done in the home.
Left to right: Janielle Nordell, M.D., local physical therapist Mariella Valladares, Ashley Balsam, M.D., and Marvin Gonzalez, an epidimiologist on staff at the Jalapa hospital.
Volunteers Mauricio Aguirre (left) and Ben Nordell constructing the first phototherapy box. The frame is made of plywood and four-by-fours, plus two banks of florescent lights.
Ben Nordell putting together the florescent lights for the phototherapy box.
Ben Nordell and Aguirre with the first nearly completed phototherapy box. The finishing touches included a mattress for the infant, wheels, a mosquito net, and plexiglass below the lights.
The first infant receiving phototherapy in the Jalapa hospital's new neonatal light box.
Balsam and Valladares worked as a team to help the children of Jalapa.
Balsam, playing with children in Jalapa.