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September - December 2013 / Managua, Nicaragua People and government of Japan donated medical equipment and instruments to APROQUEN Training in the confectioning of compressive garments thanks to China Taiwan Nicaraguan Medical Association honors Founder and President of APROQUEN 5 kilometers, 560 smiles Ronny Chavez Rivas has Survived! Ismael Cala Visits The Burn Unit Courses for immediate attention to burn patients was given to Members of The Red Cross,Firefighters and medical students Panaderia Schick achieves Guinness World Record of the longest Fruit Cake in the World Everyone to Read in all the story telling corners of Foundation Books for Children APROQUEN performed a medical conference with Smile Train Express and Sos Main Du Pays D' Aix in Provence of France ACENICA and Mr. Rafael Cubillo performed a party for patients at the Burn Unit APROQUEN’S christmas caravan visited 50 hospitals throughout the whole country The Volunteer does not expect rewards

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September - December 2013

People and government of Japan donated medical equipment and instruments to APROQUEN

The donation consisted of a new invasive pressure vital signs monitor with capnography, infusion and perfusion pumps, portable and table oximeters, laryngoscope, dermatome, blade and PC card for pulmonary ventilator that will allow us not only to save lives, but also for a quick and efficient recovery of our patients. His Excellency, The Japanese Ambassador to Nicaragua, Mr. Masaharu Sato, said "We are pleased that our donation will help APROQUEN’S Burn Unit, which has continued to offer free health services for many years to underprivileged children." Thanks to the people and Government of Japan who have contributed to this noble cause in Turning Tears into Smiles.

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September - December 2013

Training in the confectioning of compressive garments thanks to China Taiwan

For the third consecutive year in APROQUEN, the organization Sunshine Social Welfare Foundation (SSWF) of the Republic of China Taiwan taught a course in the confectioning of compressive garments, with emphasis on women’s vests, to burn victim patients. This event is made possible with support from the Government of China Taiwan and is framed within the Regionalization Program that APROQUEN executes since 2003 with the help of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration, BCIE. Seamstresses and physiotherapists from Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and Dominican Republic were trained. APROQUEN is the regional leader organization in the making of compressive clothing for burned patients with more than 32 thousand elaborated pieces, offered completely free to burn victims.

Sr. Carlos Pellas

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September - December 2013

Nicaraguan Medical Association honors Founder and President of APROQUEN

Our Founder and President of APROQUEN, Mrs. Vivian Pellas, was honored for her extraordinary contribution to the health of the children victims of burn injuries and congenital malformations (cleft lip and palate). Due to the occasion of the XLIV National Medical Congress and in celebration of Doctor Day, the Nicaraguan Medical Association recognized and honored the human quality and high sensitivity of Mrs. Vivian towards the more vulnerable. The award was presented by the President of the Nicaraguan Medical Association, Dr. Mariano Luis Chavarria.

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September - December 2013

5 kilometers, 560 smiles

The 5K challenge, "Let’s Run for APROQUEN" meant the transformation of the lives of 560 patients, victims of burn injuries and congenital malformations (cleft lip and palate) that will be able to receive free comprehensive care in APROQUEN’S Burn Unit. Maria Esperanza Lang, coordinator of Los Amigos de APROQUEN, said the race had the support of the entire Nicaraguan Athletics Federation and that over two thousand runners participated. The Winners The first to reach the goal was Cristian Villavicencio, followed by Vicente Gutierrez and Alexander Castellón. In the women's category, the winner was Rafaela Hernandez followed by Keyling Reyes and Zaira Ruiz. In the junior category, the child Angel Gutiérrez won the competition.

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September - December 2013

Ronny Chavez Rivas has Survived!

"If miracles exist, here is an example" said medical director of APROQUEN, Dr. Mario Perez. Ronny was admitted to APROQUEN since last July 16 with second and third degree burns in 56% of his body after spilling boiling water over his neck, anterior chest, and both arms. He remained three months in the intensive care unit fighting for his life and two weeks in intermediate care. Medical Director of APROQUEN. Dr. Mario Perez said that his burns were treated in a record time of 20 days, but a lung condition complicated his clinical treatment having to connect him to a ventilator for more than two months and in need of transferring him to Hospital Manuel de Jesus Rivera "La Mascota". In APROQUEN, we continue to support his family and our patient, Ronny, who is receiving treatment for pulmonary rehabilitation and physiotherapy for his burn injuries, besides the use of compressive garments and splints. We appreciate the unconditional support given by Cesar Guerrero DICEGSA Foundation and its Director, Mr. Vernon Guerrero who with his dedication and commitment made possible for Ronny to be back at home playing with his brothers. Also major thanks to Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas for all of their support.

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September - December 2013

Ismael Cala Visits The Burn Unit

He toured the facilities of APROQUEN’S Burn Unit to learn more about the work performed and the free and comprehensive care that is giving to children victims of burn injuries and children born with congenital malformations (cleft lip and palate). The host of the talk show Cala from CNN in Spanish, Ismael Cala, was received by our Founder and President Mrs. Vivian Pellas along with our medical staff who ensure warmth and quality care to our Nicaraguan children. The tour of the facilities of APROQUEN was due to his second visit to Nicaragua in the occasion of promoting his book "Cala contigo, el poder de escuchar�.

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September - December 2013

Courses for immediate attention to burn patients was given to Members of The Red Cross, Firefighters and medical students.

The immediate care of burned patients in the first hours of a burn injury is critical for therapy, diagnosis and prompt recovery. That is why APROQUEN and its medical team perform courses on the Immediate Basic Care of Burn Patients. The medical director from APROQUEN, Dr. Mario PĂŠrez indicated that the more than 250 resources received during the course, given the quality and content of knowledge it provides, “allows us to assert that participants received a training that improves the quality of immediate attention for burned patients at sites where this phenomenon occurs." This acquired knowledge is based on the course ABLS (Advanced Burn Life Support), adapted and adopted by the Latin American Federation of Burn (FELAQ), for our countries as ABIQ (Basic Immediate Burn Patient Care).

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September - December 2013

Panaderia Schick achieves Guinness World Record of the longest Fruit Cake in the World

With 503.34 meters long and weighting 15,315 kilos, it managed to achieve the Guinness World Records for Nicaragua of The Longest Fruit Cake in the world in benefit of APROQUEN and Conanca. Jorge Medina, owner of Schick Bakery said the greatest satisfaction was to help children who are served free of charge by the Association for Burned Children of Nicaragua (APROQUEN) and the Nicaraguan Commission of Help for Children with Cancer CONANCA. The money raised from the sale of the cake that was delivered to APROQUEN is destined for the comprehensive and free care of about 260 burn victims and patients birth defects, such as cleft lip and palate.

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September - December 2013

Everyone to Read in all the story telling corners of Foundation Books for Children

In APROQUEN’S Burn Unit, we have three story telling corners to encourage reading in our patients and in order to promote it, wa Mini Reading Festival was conducted where patients from the reading book, along with their parents were rewarded for encouraging their children to read. "Our Story Telling Corner at the Burn Unit is unique within a hospitalization area. We would like to thank Foundation Books for Children and the sponsorship of Foundation Monseñor Lezcano who made possible our story telling corner for patients victims of burn injuries and suffering from congenital malformations of cleftlip and palate", stated Dr. Ivette Icaza, our burn unit Administrator. "Kids need to be instilled with the love for books and reading," indicated our famous singer and songwriter, Katia Cardenal, who sang with our APROQUEN patients a Children’s music repertoire thanks to the support of Books for Children's Books that made this activity possible.

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September - December 2013

APROQUEN performed a medical conference with Smile Train Express and Sos Main Du Pays D' Aix in Provence of France

Bring health to the neediest and remote areas is the aim of the medical days APROQUEN offers throughout the year. Recently in Hospital Dr. Ernesto Sequeira of Bluefields, the mission Smile Train Express took place, where 15 patients were operated for congenital malformations such as cleft lip and palate and burn injury scaring. In addition, a medical mission on reconstructive hand surgery and upper limb was also held in Alfredo Pellas Hospital of Ingenio San Antonio where 26 surgical procedures were performed by APROQUEN’S medical team along with a group of doctors from Sos Main Du Pays D' Aix en Provence of France. Dr. Mario Pérez, APROQUEN’S Medical Director, noted that these medical missions have an approximate cost of $ 60,000. Therefore, it is important to be able to count on the support of sponsors such as Bac Credomatic, GBM and Central American Bank for Economic Integration BCIE that contribute to the cause of APROQUEN, which is able to Convert Tears in Smiles.

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September - December 2013

ACENICA and Mr. Rafael Cubillo performed a party for patients at the Burn Unit

Patients from APROQUEN’S Burn Unit have received Christmas with a party and an overflow of joy thanks to Mr. Rafael Cubillo, owner of ACENICA, who in the company of his family dedicated a special moment to the children victims of burn injuries and congenital malformations of cleftlip and palate. "Every year I try to help, but until recently I have known in further depth of APROQUEN and I'm very glad of the work that they do. I want to help all the children victims of burn injuries and for that reason, I decided to make constant donations and provide a Christmas party every year�, says Rafael Cubillo. Participants enjoyed the party, the clowns, competitions and especially the gifts that lit their eyes and put a smile on their faces. For the parents of our APROQUEN patients, it was an opportunity to share with other families; the games, dances and dynamics were a breath of joy where the little ones were allowed to forget the difficulties that have passed.

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September - December 2013

APROQUEN’S christmas caravan visited 50 hospitals throughout the whole country From hospital bed to hospital bed was the visit of APROQUEN’S Christmas caravan in 50 hospitals all over the country, providing more than 15,000 toys to children and maternity packages to women about to give birth. In addition, there were also visits to National Police stations, Fire Department and Volunteer Firefighters, orphanages and rural communities. Every year, APROQUEN devotes a special space for children who are hospitalized due to any injury and staff and sponsors bring gifts in order to share with them the feeling of Christmas. In 22 years, we have delivered more than 635,000 toys. "I know what it's like to be in a hospital, and the joy you get when someone comes to give you a prayer or see you, or takes you a gift or just simply to accompany you. Therefore, my humble message is to experience love in the heart, to be more positive, less selfish and more loving of each other as brothers and sisters, because life is short and in the end what one leaves behind are the good deeds", said Mrs. Vivian. Mrs. Vivian thanks the sponsors of BAC Credomatic, Dicegsa, Nicaragua Brewing Company, SER San Antonio, Pellas Group, Flor de Caña, and CLARO. She also thanked the unconditional support of the National Fire Department, Volunteer Firefighters, and The National Police.

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September - December 2013

The Volunteer does not expect rewards Since APROQUEN began its Comprehensive Care program in patients with congenital malformations (cleft lip and palate) in 2010, Dr. Jorge Castillo became involved as a volunteer. Volunteering is a free choice, it is an ethical, personal and free choice that does not expect a reward. Dr. Castillo has since granted a day's work for the benefit of our underprivileged patients who come seeking for help at APROQUEN. Dr. Castillo's work as an orthodontist in patients with cleft lip and palate consists of the placement of braces or brackets to control the growth process of the maxilla and improve occlusion and improvement of patient profile. “The greatest satisfaction of all physicians is to serve to society and my satisfaction is to help the children of APROQUEN.�

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Boletín Sonrisas September - December2013