Transforming Lives in Peru With ReSurge International – Third in a Series

Posted by: in Inside WCG on February 25, 2011

Here is the third in a four part series about my experiences in helping ReSurge make a difference in the lives of young children with deformities and injuries repairable by surgery:

Day 3: Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.

— Gandhi

Today the ReSurge team operated successfully on seven patients ranging in age from 3 months to 21 years old. The surgeries were as diverse as the patients from double cleft lips, to a cavernous cleft palate to burns on necks, faces, hands and feet. My tasks throughout the day were also quite diverse and in many ways insignificant, but I am glad that I am here to do it:

  • Carrying the first two babies into the OR early in the a.m.
  • Using a syringe to feed water to the babies post surgery
  • Playing with the waiting children and making a few of them laugh…and being the friendly face when they first wake up reassuring them in the recovery room
  • Visiting the patients from yesterday and already seeing the difference…and bidding them farewell with hugs and well wishes  (wait till you see photos of one of the little rock stars!)
  • Watching a skin graft in the OR on a woman’s neck so she can hold her head high
  • Seeing a metal pin placed in Gino’s (10 year old boy’s) hand so he once again has movement
  • Transporting ALL of the patients post surgery to their rooms on the ward
  • Completing some of the electronic file paperwork

All in all closing a 12+ hour day at the hospital without air con on a very hot day with 100% humidity and couldn’t be feeling better about working a long day…and doing it again tomorrow.

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