Mabel's Free Clinic

Weslaco, TX Campaign 3873

Mabel's Free Clinic

Published: May 06 2014 · 0 Comments
Two cultures united with the same objective “health and education”
 Dos culturas unidas con el mismo objetivo “salud y educacion”

The Mabel Story Mabel Claire Proudly was a professional violinist from Cleveland, Ohio. When she was 25, she was accepted by the prestigious Rome symphony. While there, she worked as a translator for a radio station. In this capacity, she often flew in a helicopter. During one flight, the plane crashed.  Mabel was severely injured and no longer able to play the violin. On her return to the United States, she started an orphanage in her home, but all the red tape eventually discouraged her and she began volunteering with the Red Cross. She helped during the aftermath of hurricane Beulah in Mexico. During this time she became aware of the deep need of the Mexican people, especially the children. Working in tandem with Dr. Keith Routley from Winnipeg Canada in 1987, she started a free dental service in the home of a local woman. Mabel’s sister Elizabeth came to Nuevo ­Progreso after her husband died to help out. The sisters, called “Angels of the Valley” by the Mexicans, worked at the clinic until 2003 when Mabel died at the age of 83 and Elizabeth at the age of 105. Dr. Keith Routley passed away in 2009 at the age of 85. Their grave site can be seen on the clinic grounds.
Who are we? The construction of Mabel’s Free Clinic in Nuevo Progreso, Mexico was completed in 1998 by winter Texans from 41 local parks under the direction of Dr. Routley, a retired dentist from Winnipeg, Canada. In 2005 a surgical unit was constructed and we now are able to offer complete medical, dental, and optometric screening as well as minor eye surgery. The Association currently serves 14 schools and patients from surrounding areas and is not affiliated with any other organization. We are a non-sectarian, non-political, non-profit 501 (C) 3 association.
What do we do? Mabel's Free Clinic Association provides: Dental Care, Optometric Care, Medical Care, Eye Surgery, and School supplies  
Medical Our staff doctor provides patients with medical care including diabetes, high blood pressure, and post natal care. The doctor also writes prescriptions as required.  
Our staff dentist treats adults and school children including services such as cleaning, tooth extraction, and instruction on good dental hygiene. He dispenses donated toothbrushes and toothpaste to patients.
Optometric Basic eye acuity examinations are given to school children and adults. Our volunteer optometrists have examined thousands of patients and provided them with donated eyeglasses.   We use our donated van to transport school children to the clinic when necessary. Our staff ophthalmologist provides minor surgical services including pterygium removal.  In cooperation with our medical staff, we have identified patients who suffer from pterygium, cataracts, diabetes, and high blood pressure.  
Scholarship program The scholarship program sponsors Mexicans who desire to pursue a university degree. This program fulfills Mabel's strong belief that the future of Mexico lies in the education and good health of its people.
Contact us: Phone: (956) 502-3700 E-mail: [email protected] Web Site:

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