David and Tina Iven


What a nice surprise to finally meet this couple who were instrumental in the original hospital in Panabaj during the early 70’s. David drove a U-Haul truck loaded with medical supplies from Oklahoma to Santiago Atitlán in 1968. The equipment was used in a small clinic in the Parroquia while the hospital in Panabaj was built. He met his wife Tina who was born in Santiago Atitlán and also worked at the hospital. They left SA 38 years ago, but continue to visit from time to time from their home in Muskogee OK. They all enjoyed remembering friends with Dr. Chuc, who started working in the Clinica Santiaguito just months before the hospital closed. We have asked David and Tina to write an account of their years in SA and their work at the hospital.

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