FROM GLITZ TO A PROUD LEGACY #GiraffeHeroes #StickYourNeckOut In the 1980’s, orthopedist Michael Berkeley was on the high road to wealth and prestige. His Aspen, Colorado practice involved treating skiing injuries of the rich and famous–movie stars and world-class competitive skiers. But today, Berkeley brings "first-world technology into third-world contexts," searching the US for medical supplies and equipment which he then brings to Mexico, where his patients have never seen a ski. They are subsistence farmers and their families, mostly Tarahumara Indians who suffer from high infant mortality, contaminated water, poor diet, and a history of little or no health care. Now their medical treatment comes from Mexico Medical Missions, a non-profit organization that Berkeley founded, manages, and helps fund. Working with volunteers, including three Amish families, he's built a 10,000-square-foot hospital to meet the medical needs of the Tarahumara. Berkeley works much harder than he did in his Aspen days and there is no income for his efforts, but now his satisfaction level is high. He looks forward to new challenges, including training indigenous medics to work in rural outposts and expanding the hospital's services to include dentistry and a food bank. "This hospital is going to outlive me,” says Michael Berkeley MD, “but before I go, I'd like to see it fully equipped and bustling. This is a place where Tarahumaras, or Indians of any tribe, can come with confidence, knowing they'll be cared for no matter what their problem." Keep track of this work at http://www.mexicomedical.org/ Like this Giraffe? LIKE this Page!