SBJHonduras Medical Mission
May 6-It is the evening of the first full day of surgery- and a full day it was. We provided free surgery for 19 patients- doing multiple procedures on several patients. Everyone one of the team members worked hard and I am proud of the way they respectively treated each patient.
Breakfast was at 6:00 and by 7:00 we were in the hospital setting up our rooms and preparing patients or having a church service. The sermon was about feeding the multitudes and how serving in this manner can bring us closer to Christ.
In the orthopedic room Dr. Jeff did most of the surgeries- we did four knee arthroscopies fixing torn meniscus (cartilages), removing painful screws from an ankle and doing four procedures on hands. The general surgery room did laparoscopic gallbladder removals, the gyn room did several big cases and the podiatry room was busy doing a variety of cases on people of all ages. All our patients did well and we were leaving the hospital before it got too dark for the hospital employees to go home ( the hospital is in a very dangerous part of the city when it gets dark- so we try to finish our surgical days early for the safety of the employees).
Sunday we set up our equipment and things looked great. Our first case we had beautiful images and surgery went smoothly. Somehow, by the second case we had trouble with one of the pieces in the sleeve for the scope- what is likely a 50 cent piece of plastic broke and we had water leaking out of the equipment making surgery possible but messy. We tried several fixes- adding an O ring, making a new plastic piece from some tubing etc- but are still trying to get back to the ease of the first case. This looks like a problem we will wrestle with this week- pray we hit on a good solution.
Finally, I wish you could have been here to meet my last two clinic patients- a beautiful 2 year old boy who has bowed legs and a sweet 74 year old woman who walks everywhere but has some knee pain. They were so gentle and appreciative that we had come to see if we could help them. Mother Theresa challenged us to look for Christ in the faces of the poor- these two certainly had heavenly faces and dispositions. Caring for them is a privilege.
Thank you for your prayers and for the baby item bags that you filled before this mission. I will deliver them tomorrow during Mother Baby Clinic.