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Date of Graduation


Degree Type

Capstone Project (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

First Advisor

Bill Hatch, PA-C


Casa Hogar began developing a plan for an orphanage in Baja Sur Mexico in 1994. Since the inception of the idea, medical professionals from both Mexico and America have expressed a desire to be involved in the care of the children who will reside in the orphanage. With this medical support and enthusiasm, the Casa Hogar Orphanage project expanded to include a medical facility adjacent to the Orphanage. This clinic will serve the children and families throughout the Baja Sur region.

The medical providers from both regions recognize the need for infant and neonatal care, particularly in underdeveloped, underserved countries. Therefore, it is the common goal of both Mexican and American providers, to detect and treat as many congenital defects as possible. In order to accomplish such a lofty goal, care must be delineated from both the screening region (Mexico) and the treatment region (America). It is the purpose of this clinical project to address two common congenital diseases,and outline the care protocol in place to care for the children diagnosed.

The congenital diseases selected to be addressed first are congenital heart disease (CHD) and cleft lip and/or palate. Both of these congenital diseases are broken down and described in length in chapter one (CHO) and two (Clefts) of this project. Topics addressed include, prevalence, etiology, epidemiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and complications. The final chapter includes the resources in line for care in for care in both Mexico and Washington State for all phases of medical care.


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