Ocean City Today

Todds visit villages off coast of Panama on mission trip

By Kara Hallissey | May 10, 2018
Courtesy of: Janelle Mulholland The 100+ Women Who Care on the Shore charity donated $2,400 to the Germantown School Community Heritage Center (GSCHC) in Berlin, which will help fund a new water system at the historic site. Pictured from left are Susanna Eisenman, Barbara Purnell, Karen Prengamen and Michelle McGowan.

(May 11, 2018) William Todd, a physician at Atlantic General Hospital and Peninsula Regional Medical Center, and his son, Will, an 11th grader at Worcester Prep, went on their first mission trip to impoverished villages off the coast of Panama in March to provide free medical services for those in need.

“About 75 percent of the world struggles as opposed to western civilization,” William Todd said. “Seeing the culture in a third world country gives you an appreciation for what we take for granted.”

Todd, who specializes in emergency medicine, did ultrasounds, prescribed medication for a number of ailments including worms, and taught a health education class. He saw about 250 patients over three days.

“We went by boat to the villages, set up our gear and opened up a clinic for three days to see people from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,” Will Todd said. “It was definitely a humbling experience and it gave me a new understanding of different cultures.”

Todd, 17, said his father saw a flyer about the mission trip at work and thought it would be a good opportunity for the both of them.

“You don’t have to be a physician to participate,” William Todd said. “Medical mission trips need volunteers and the service to others is self-rewarding. It is personally satisfying to help those in need.”

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