We left Redding CA on Saturday May 10, 2014 to San Francisco. Next day our team left San Francisco at 4:00 AM, with 58 boxes, full of medical supplies to Lima Peru. When we got to Lima it was so late it took forever for customs to go through our boxes. It was 2am before we went to bed. Next morning we went to the hospital. It is 200 years old. The wards are all open to the outside where people line up. There were 100 people waiting in line on the first day.The surgery starts at 7a.m.
Every day we get up at 5:00 am, and then get back by 8:00 p.m. when we eat and go to bed. We have been working every day except Sunday.
I love the kids that we are doing surgery for their cleft palate. I have taken photos before and after and they are so cute. I have been able to converse with them and give them toys. I feel so sorry for them to have such a severe opening on their lips.
One child was so cute he was scared going in the surgery room, then after surgery, he gave me a high 5 even as he was waking up from the sleep. I love these kids so much. These procedures are life changing for them. There are so many stories to tell about them. I love them. I feel so bad when I see their sweet little bodies going through all these.
It is like a different world here, like a different planet. The food has a lot of Carbs and lots of rice potatoes and occasionally with some chicken.
People are so appreciative of what we do. I love the sweet hearts when they are crying. After the surgery their cry is with pain and breaks my heart. I hold them and just kiss them and rock them.
I have a lot of stories to tell. This man came by a boat for 2 days on the water, to get to land and then another 8 hours by bus and slept on the steps of the hospital to have his 8 month old baby with cleft palate to get the surgery. He came all by himself. He was so kind and sweet to his baby.
Every day I have been in the surgery room. Yesterday we did pharyngeal flap , this is to get some tissue from the back of the throat and increase the tissue on the tonsil area so the kid can talk. We then did another surgery to remove the scars from his lips and revised it. It looked beautiful. I worked with the director of the medical team Dr. Denise Dunden.
Today after making the rounds and checking on the new admissions and seeing couple of patients, I went to the surgery with Dr. Bob Ryan. He did unbelievable work. He made the incision so the face wouldn’t pull when smiling, just like the zigzag line. I helped from the beginning to the end. The patient was a 17 year old she said she is so tired of people staring at her face she want this to be fixed and was crying before putting her to sleep the anesthesiologist is a young resident from UC Davis. He is very kind.
I am sitting in the lobby and writing, it is about 10 p.m. I am ready to fall over the chair I bet I walked 12 miles today back and forth.
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