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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, March 26, 2014 lIB REGIONAL :00uincy native joins medical colleagues in serving remote villagers. iiiiii iiiii:iiiii!i: A trio of giraffes appears just as interested in people as the people are in them. Laura Beaton Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.com Dr. Mark Powell holds a young patient while the baby's mother looks on.  "" t was heart-wrenching to send kids home who I knew W I were going to die," pediatrician Mark Powell said about his experience as part of a visiting medical team to Tanzania. "It was really life-changing -- heart-wrenching, challenging -- just a myriad of emotions." A Quincy native and 1978 graduate of Quincy High School  Powell is currently in private practice at Rose City Pediatrics in Pasa, dena. After many invitations to join Huntington Hospital's Phil Simon Clinic Tanzania Project, this year Powell finally said yes. And he's glad he did. "It was a great trip," Powell said. "Our group was inordinately great. We were a fun, hardworking group. I never anticipated working so hard or laughing so much." Powell spent 2-1/2 weeks working in two villages, then took a three-day safari in the Serengeti. He said that each of the 39 members of the team packed two bags. One held their personal items and the other was stuffed with medical supplies, instruments and operating room paraphernalia. Among the members who comprised the team was an electrician nicknamed "MacGyver" for his ingenuity in patching together available materials to create examining tables and provide electricity, running water and makeshift operating rooms. Since 2002, this was the ninth and largest mission embarked upon by the Phil Simon Clinic. Over the years, the clinic has built lasting relationships with local Tanzanians, including "one exceptional kid committed to the needs of his village," Powell said. The clinic has supported this man in his medical studies and he will soon finish his residency in his native village of Kisongo. See Tanzania, page 14B Dr. Mark Powell poses with two young girls in Ngorongoro. The Phil Simon team traveled to Endulen to help the isolated Masai villagers there. This young Masai herder from the village of Endulen pauses from his toils. Endulen is in the middle of Ngorongoro, a huge conservation area in Tanzania. Powell enjoys the company of two,of his young patients on his last day of work at the Kisongo Clinic. He wears the traditional Masai robe he was presented with. Dr. Mark Powell, third from left, stands with three of his colleagues in Arusha National Park. The marketplace is a busy weekly event in Kisongo. The doctors set up a clinic every market day and treated numerous patients each week. Pediatrician Dr/Mark Powell holds one of the young patients he saw during his 17-day stint as part of the Phil Simon Clinic Tanzania Project. i Native animals such as these elephants were seen up close and personal in nearby Arusha National Park after Dr. Mark Powell was finished with his daily pediatric duties. Everything from fruit, vegetables, clothing, !ivestock and other goods is available at the weekly market in Kisongo.