Meet the Staff: Dina Cayllahue Jimenez

Dina Cayllahue Jimienez is a field-nurse who has been working with MEDLIFE for the past eight months. Read more about Dina below:

dina thumbWhere are you from?
I was born and raised in Arequipa and moved to Lima 18 years ago.

How did you get involved with MEDLIFE?
Last year I had a patient whom I was treating almost every day. We were very close, like good friends. Around eight months ago, a former nurse from MEDLIFE saw that I was treating the patient and asked if I’d be interested in helping out the MEDLIFE team, since they were looking for new recruits. I gladly accepted. Unfortunately, that patient passed away a few months ago from breast cancer, but I still have all the memories with her in my heart.

What do you like the most about working with MEDLIFE?
I spend most of my time doing patient follow-up, so for me my favorite part is just working with the patients. I love seeing the improvements that they make with the treatment that we give them. Right now I have 15 patients and it’s great seeing how far they’ve come since when I first met them.

Can you name a patient who has had a strong impact on you?
Our patient Luis Poma has had a great impact on me. He’s a six year old boy with muscular dysplasia, so he’s unable to walk. When we gave him his wheelchair, he and his family were very happy. That wheelchair will benefit him greatly as he grows up into a young man, and it’s all thanks to our supporters. It wouldn’t be possible without them.

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What do you do in your free time?
I enjoy going to the movies, listening to music, going on walks and spending time with my 12-year-old son and my sister.

Anything else you’d like to add?
I just want to encourage everyone to continue helping others and giving back. Also be sure to take care of yourselves and do what you can to have the best health.



Hear it From MEDLIFErs

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Reya Seby
Western University

This trip motivated me more to pursue a career in the healthcare field so that I can use my resources to help those who need it the most, similar to MEDLIFE’s mission.

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Victoria DiCanio
University of Connecticut

It was most enjoyable to finish the hard work and see how big a difference a group of individuals can make. It was such an amazing experience.

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Anita Woo
University of Toronto

I enjoyed the mobile clinics the most, especially the dental and triage portions. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip, it was a great experience.

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David Saff
Maclay High School

The most enjoyable part of my trip was hanging out with the amazing group of kids I was with. I would highly recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others.

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Sydney Sansone
Nova Southeastern University

This trip made everything that I was learning in my public health courses come to life and immersed me in a new culture while also learning about medicine.

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Abygail Youmans
College of Charleston

Being involved with MEDLIFE is not like joining another club - its bigger than that. It is about joining a movement that seeks to help change people’s quality of life for forever.

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Emi Hofmann
University of Central Florida

Not only was I able to participate in a week long Mobile Clinic, shadowing doctors of all types of specialties including pharmacy, dentistry, gynecology, and more, but I was also able to learn about the culture and visit incredible places.

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Julian Takagi-Stewart
University of Toronto

One thing that I really loved about this trip was that MEDLIFE made sure that the volunteers got an understanding of the complexity of issues that lead to underprivileged people in communities outside of the main city

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Hannah Van Hofwegen
University of Ottawa

Whether it was basketball with the local kids, assisting the doctors, talking with families, building washrooms, holding babies, or spending time with the people who were on the SLT with me, this was an amazing opportunity that I would do over and over again.

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Isabelle Holt
Cornell University

I loved learning about the patients MEDLIFE has followed and how they offer real help to people with chronic/urgent conditions. It is amazing how the organization formed real connections with the communities.

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Valerie Lindeborg

Our family had the privilege of participating in multiple trips with Nick [founder] and his amazing staff. Their expertise made the trips unforgettable while instilling in my boys the fundamentals of good character: selflessness, compassion, and empathy.

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Harry Vildibill
University of Georgia

As an aspiring physician, MEDLIFE motivated me to further continue my goal of becoming a doctor. In fact, I enjoyed the Tanzania Service Learning Trip so much that I decided to go on another trip to Cusco, Peru.