Children’s Hospital & Dentistry

Children’s Hospital & Dentistry

>>Folks, today on Crossing
South we visit a hospital specifically made to care
for the children of Baja. I also put myself through
some dental work, oh boy, and it’s coming
to you right now. (bright rock music) So we’ve heard a
lot about this place that’s been in TJ for
awhile helping kids, it’s a specialty hospital
that deals with infants, with children, children of Baja, making them healthier,
making them better, and the person
behind all of this is this nice gal right
next to me right here. Dr., how you doing
Dr. Elizabeth Jones, very nice to meet you.>>Well it’s really a
story of a group of us, particularly a Dr.
Gabriel Chong King, a pediatric surgeon
well-acclaimed here in Tijuana and we literally jumped
in over our heads and we’ve been trying to
swim to shore ever since.
>>Right.>>We are the only
pediatric medical specialty in northwestern
Mexico where we have several specialists all
together so we’re not here competing with the general
doctors or the regular ones, we’re here to complement
and to provide an additional service so
children don’t have to go all the way to Mexico City
>>Right.>>Or to the U.S. for
some of those needs, then we have a
lot of people that are donating their
services here, a lot of volunteers
>>Of course.>>That are not most of our
>>pro bono.>>Most of our
specialists are not paid.
>>Right right wow, for the good of mankind.>>Dr. Chong is one and he
was the pediatric surgeon for the country two
years ago and we so we have some very
very qualified people.>>And the foundations, the
donations, is it Mexican money? Where does the money come from? Companies in Mexico?>>Sometimes companies,
some from privately, in Mexico it’s a
little bit harder because they don’t,
private people don’t get the tax deductions
>>They don’t, can people abroad donate?>>They can, we
have tax deductions in the states,
>>In the states?>>in Canada and
Mexico, all of them.>>What kind of kids are
you taking care of here?>>Well we take care
of gee a lot of kids with surgery, the surgery
does a lot of orthopedics, a lot of ears, tubes,
a lot of eye surgery, a lot of general surgery.>>So can you take us on a
tour of your lovely hospital?>>Sure I’d be happy to.>>It’s Crossing
South folks, it’s the hospital infantil
de las californias, the Children’s
Hospital here in TJ, it’s Crossing
South, stay with us.>>He’s a neurologist,
a very very special need we have
>>Very nice, my friend.>>Many children with
cystic, with cerebral palsy and different problems
and he’s the one.>>I think there’s very
few things as noble as to do things for little
kids like you guys are doing so you could choose any field
and you chose this one, so. Endeavors like this typically
happen due to nice folks, it takes a
self-sacrificing spirit, a selfless determination
and an uncompromising belief that it’s the right thing to do even if at a disadvantage
or sometimes a loss.>>This playground
over there was put in by Rotary Golden
Triangle and this new one was donated and then put
in by a German engineer from the United States.
We’ve had wonderful people that have helped us, it’s
an incredible collaboration. And we still have this
land that you saw, so someday I can see
nurses’ training center, a Ronald McDonald house,
maybe a full-service hospital, I don’t know but we can grow.>>So each of these squares is
a potential $25 donation?>>Yes, so that really
adds up to a nice amount.>>So when you receive donations,
especially from abroad, you know that money goes a
longer way here in baja>>Well yes at least
goes three times, that’s the least it goes,
but it goes up to 15 times.>>You’re kidding.>>So we have two
more exam rooms here which I’m not gonna open, hola, but like this place was my kids’ that toy is four drawers,
I have four kids, so I jumped all this, when
they left their stuff around>>This drawer thing was
her own with her kids.>>And so my husband built that
and then this is our rehab.>>So this is for rehabilitation,
physical therapy,>>Yes, this little guy here
I’m not sure what he’s getting but he’s supposed to
be getting something that he’s not getting but
and this is not busy right, well there’s one
therapist is working at so>>He’s a cute little boy.
>>Isn’t that cute? (laughs) And this, it’s a happy place,
you rarely hear a child cry.>>It’s a happy
environment, yeah.>>I mean here
>>My kids would walk in
here, they’d go crazy running and try to play with everything.>>Now you have to go
jump in the balls.>>He’s so, he is
such a cute kid. (laughs) He’s like wassup
Jorge, just goin on.>>We do a lot of education,
we really have felt that education is
the prevention and if…>>You mean for patients? Or for the
>>Well, the families, the community,
for young doctors, I used to go to the
university to give lectures, now they come here
which is better because then they get
to see philanthropy, they get to see what we are, and they get
>>Do you speak Spanish then?>>Lousy but I do, yeah,
I just got back from doing a lecture in
Mexico City. We’ve seen 500,000 consults here and done 13,000 surgeries so
this is pretty well held-up for a building that cost us
I think it was $1.7 million for this building.>>It cost?>>Yeah (laughing), think
your dollar didn’t go far?>>So this is obviously
your dentistry area.>>Yes and we just
ordered two more chairs to go here so we can expand
the number of patients seen but this is they do
a very nice job here and they do a very good
job of not having to>>It’s not intimidating,
kids hate dentists.>>No they don’t, they
have a very very nice way of working with the children
that isn’t causing a problem.>>Anxiety.>>We rarely hear them cry
>>Screaming for their lives.>>Yeah, gracias.>>So you have
sensitive dentists here who who are empathetic
with children.>>Yes, they’re very very good, well yes you have to like
children to work here. We’re just opening up
hopefully for orthidontics.>>What is this?>>It’s for therapy.
>>Wow.>>This is why you didn’t
see more upstairs, isn’t this wonderful? ’cause some of these
kids can’t walk and they can’t, but they
can feel free and move here.>>Wow. Hi.>>Hola. Isn’t it great?>>Kinda warm in here though.
>>Yeah well it has to be.
>>Yeah? For the water, to
keep them inside. And my department keeps all
these nutrition messages around, these are
bathrooms, and this is our social worker, cause
if you can’t pay the price you go there and she determines
what your price will be. And this is a lot of
rotary equipment here, a lot of this donated.>>And these and this is
top of the line service?>>Yes it is.
>>It’s not, you’re
not compromising.>>You know that what is
it Shiley Eye Service, is that the one in San Diego?>>Uh huh.>>They have a place in here
and their doctor comes here.>>Oh. (laughs)>>So what do you want for $15?>>What what is this uh>>This is ENT pretty much,
ear nose throat part in here.>>Your okay ear-nose?>>And it’s Smith’s of London
is the company that bought it.>>[Jorge] They pay
close attention to
a lot of the details so the environment is
pleasant for the little ones. They are also equipped
for major surgery so we wanted to see that
side of the hospital.>>Three doors to the right
in that wall down there are the operating rooms,
it’s a lot of ears, lot of eyes, lot of plastics,
a lot of orthopedics,>>Plastics, for what?>>Plastics for facial,
cleft lip palettes, mandular things, ear formation,
too many fingers, toes, say you brought your
child, you come in here and your child would go in here and
>>And start sleeping in here.>>Yeah, they put anesthetic
here and get them all prepared then when they’re ready to go, they go through these glass
doors to the to whichever room the one, two, or three,
wherever they go.>>Can we open this?>>No, we can’t go, they’re pretty careful
on sterilization, I am gonna give you
a peek here though.>>Okay.>>This is the recovery room and then we try to have
them go out that door so your child coming
in the front door doesn’t see mine
going out the back because
>>That’s smart cause kids can get scared.>>Yes they can, they can,
they can remember that. You don’t want to keep kids–>>In a hospital.>>Contamination is possible,
even as clean as we are.>>Yeah, it’s not a it’s
not a proper environment.>>Okay, the rotary
club from Torrey Pines collects the animals and
the different things–>>Stuffed animals.>>Animals that people
have won and don’t want,>>Oh really?
>>And they give them to
us, I think they give half to Rady’s and half to us and
this last year we got 2,000. So every child that
goes home from surgery,>>So they go home
with stuffed toys?>>They go home
with a stuffed toy. Now this is
Scantibodies and they do the all of the necessary
radiology for Shriners and for our patients
and then even for adults they’re willing to
take them to Tecate for PET scans or MRIs or
things that they’d like, I think they suggest it’s
about 22 minutes transportation from here to here,
but I have to show you on our roof that we’ve got
the only health message on a roof of any
hospital I’ve ever known with the apple of health
and the jump rope. It’s about 18 feet tall.>>Oh my goodness.>>It doesn’t look
like it up there, getting it up there
was a real challenge.>>Well it’s a beautiful
place, you know from landscaping
to architecture, it’s just a pleasant
place to go to, you know?>>Medicine is 50% or more
psychology anyway, it is.>>You know what, it’s true.>>If you’re not stressed
out as much as you might be, it can make a huge
difference in the treatment and compliance of a patient.>>You know what I
once read a quote from the American
Journal of Medicine, 100 year old quote
and it was that a calm heart can heal the body like you said, basically 50%–>>Maybe more.>>Like the positive outlook
can just heal the body.>>Yes, I think that
nutrition might be 95%. And they’ll cry sometimes
when they have to go home.>>Wow, okay, that’s that
means you’ve done a good job. Well Dr. Jones, it seems like
you’ve got something special going on here, I would
congratulate you for that and keep up the good work, okay?>>Thank you.>>It was very nice to meet you.>>Well thank you,
it’s always a pleasure to let people know
what we’re doing and hopefully give everyone
a chance to join with us and be a part of this
wonderful help for children.>>Well you’re
certainly doing that and folks, it’s one
of the many things that make this place
special, and Dr. Jones has certainly
contributed to that, the children of Baja
will be forever grateful. It’s Crossing South folks, don’t go anywhere, more to come. So after spending time
with the wonderful people of this children’s hospital,
we decided to explore some more of the medical
services in the region. We hear figures that
over 10% of the visitors to Baja are here for medical
reasons, now that amazes me. And these travelers aren’t
always from border cities, they come from all over the
United States and Canada. Dentistry in Baja,
from what we know, is very frequented
by American patients, we decided to dig a little more. How is dentistry
compared to the states? In Baja in general?>>Okay, one of the main
things is the price, again, there’s no doubt, and the
second people really want to have a service and a
place where they be treated like a person, like a human,
more contact with the doctors, not too much to the
people in the front and they arrange everything
and they come to the chair then the doctor work
10 minutes and gone, they want to participate,
they want to be heard, they want to understand what
they need, why they need, we need to go back to the
basics, we’re treating people, we are humans so
we are understanding the feelings and emotions
and we listen to them and what they need, we
can accomplish that. The majority of the
business in the city come from there, from
the medical tourism, because from there, they
need hotels, restaurants, taxi, pharmacy, and then they go to the doctor to the
eyes, everything.>>We were meaning to touch
on that subject for a while and I’m glad we
finally got to it, I didn’t realize it
was this prevalent, it was this predominant, so
pretty significant to know, now I’m more curious, I want
to kinda dig deeper into it. It’s Crossing South
folks, don’t go anywhere. People ask us if there is
some kind of medical or dental association which a good
doctor should be a part of, from what our team
has researched, we didn’t find much in
the way of associations, but it is good to
confirm your doctor has a valid license to practice. For future reference, I
mean if you ever go down, apparently a license, an
old license for instance, not saying the doctor is old,
but apparently old licenses this how they looked
like, uh uh uh which is called a cedula, that means you’re
licensed already. Uh they look the
newer ones look now, so if you have a
young doctor in Baja, they should have this kind
of cedula, this right here. With so many options
for a dentist, it’s really hard to decide. We asked our viewers
what method they use to find a good dentist
across the border. It seemed like the most common response was get
a good referral. Sites like Yelp seemed to
be helpful in this way, but disclaimer folks,
we do not endorse any particular
medical professional, we suggest you
carefully research all your choices and
make your own decision. With that said, let’s dive in. Anyways, Dr. Martinez
offered to show us his clinic and dig around in
my mouth a bit. I fear that once I enter,
I am no longer going to be blissfully ignorant of
treatment that I may need. Please don’t call
me anti-dentite, but please, does
anybody actually like
going to the dentist? Well let’s just make this cup
half full situation, shall we? Starting with the
medical questionnaire. Signing away my life here. Are you trying to get
pregnant, nope. (laughs) Do you use controlled
substances, nope. If yes, explain (laughing). I shoot up and, no,
just kidding, my drug has been food,
unfortunately (laughing). You take or have any phen
phen or redux, what is that?>>[Woman] Diet pills.
>>No, Phen phen, now I
wanna look into those.>>[Woman] I don’t even think
they make that anymore.>>I don’t but now
I wanna look in if they’re so prevalent
where you have ’em in your (laughing) in your entry
ya know, questionnaire here.>>Hi.
>>Hey.>>Mr. Jorge?>>Yes.
>>Come in please.>>I think it’s a pretty
unanimous consensus, right? That if you can avoid
going to the dentist, if teeth can just be
pretty on their own, I think we’d all avoid going, but I’m gonna try and
do that for the moment, I’m gonna try to do that.>>Jorge, how you doing?>>How you doing, my friend?>>Very good.>>So now you have
me in your clutches. Okay he says that his light, the light that he
shines from his heart, it’s too bright, well, I
mean, actually the shine is the medical light so he’s
given me these specs here, these shades, which
is like a green, a very dark green
hue on the inside. So that’s why I look like
the terminator, alright? I’ll be back. Do I look ridiculous?>>So cool.>>Let’s see, open wide and
turn to face a little to me, okay thank you.>>You know I can’t stand
being in this position. And here comes that
crazy sharp hook thing, but after all they
did talk to me a lot in an effort to make
me feel comfortable. See my hand there? Clenching the armrest in case of pain to hold
on for dear life. I escaped unharmed this
time, I reminded myself of the importance of
healthy pearly whites. Doc, I need you to help
me, there’s a lot of food to be eaten in Baja and I
need good choppers for that, is that a relaxing flower?>>[Woman] Yeah it is.>>It looks like a prehistoric
insect just dropped and squashed, they’re
saying I need braces, how’m I gonna look
on TV with braces? Oh boy. And here’s where my ignorant
bliss is shattered by reality.>>And the main problem
is obviously this tooth with the big decay
that will need a minimum rebuild
tooth and a crown, hopefully you no
need the root canal.>>So I guess you’re
confident enough that your procedure
is so relaxing that I’ll get my beauty sleep in and take a nice
little nap, right? Alright, alright
folks, I’m going under. I understand that schooling
to become a doctor or a dentist in Mexico is
different than the U.S. One can go straight into
medical school right after high school, reducing
the time and cost for becoming a
licensed practitioner. Perhaps that’s a
large factor as to why there are more doctors
per capita in Mexico compared to the U.S. and lower
costs for patients like me. I’ve even heard that
students from the U.S. go to medical schools in Mexico to save significant
dollars on tuition. So they took stuff
out, they put stuff in, they drilled stuff out,
and patched things in, the tooth grinding
sound resonating through my skull woke
me from my beauty rest. Right around my mouth
a little bit numb so if I speak
differently, you know why. I think they stopped
mid-procedure, like, “whoa whoa wait
what’s going on?” Like he started
snoring (laughing), my mouth was fully
open and I was snoring. I I I I’m I’ve I can
go to sleep very easily so I was relaxed, I
guess that’s a good sign, you know with what
they were doing. But we were not done, I still
have something to be done. Wait a second,
what’s that thing? What are you doing with that? Holy crap (laughing). So they offered to give
me a deep cleaning, they’re like if we’re
gonna stay behind, just protect the
face shield while we neutralize the
situation down there. But that’s not all. Be
not afraid boys and girls, this part of the episode
is called The Whitening. (tense piano music) yep, they put me
through the gauntlet, I had never had my teeth
whitened before and it showed. My teeth really won’t
know what hit them, first blasted with
ultraviolet light, so then Dr. Evil’s
red laser came out. Well what’s the bottom line? I wanted to know if my
teeth are whiter or not.>>Now Jorge
give me a big smile. Wow.>>I wasn’t done yet,
after getting the basics, I wanted to know what
else was available. As it ends up, I could
be a good candidate for a tooth implant, the
doc thoroughly explained to me the procedure and
filled me in on some of the latest dental techniques
available here in Tijuana. It was quite
fascinating, really, enough so that I
agreed to go over and get some 3D imaging
done of my jaw for analysis. This is apparently
part of the process to get an implant,
this type of scanning and we’ll see, doc knows
what he’s doing, right? Or we assume, so (laughing). This is like Star Wars. (tense music) (grunting in pain,
then laughing) I felt like I was
abducted by aliens for strange medical tests. Look at this thing, imagine
it spinning super fast and me transporting
up to the Enterprise. (transportation sound) Wait a second, so you’re saying
that with this technology, you could print my whole skull?>>Yeah sure.>>Do it. That’s me little skull
there, that’s me bones right? You can make a pirate
flag off of that, eh? No, this ain’t mine, they just
gave me a sample. To be or not to be,
that is thy question. To have a print of
your skull (laughing), and you know you
weirdos out there, you know who you are,
$150, I think that’s a pretty
good deal, right? Anniversary gift, right? Honey, happy anniversary,
my skull (laughing). Who knew that dental technology
could be so much fun? Like I said before, I can
only speak of my experience, meeting some of the people
in one of the noblest of professions here in
Baja and it makes me think of what other nice
folks we’ll meet the next time we cross south. (upbeat music) The silence of the lambs.>>[Announcer] Like
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