2009 Shijiazhuang City, China

Oct 15, 2009

Day 0 Travel Day

Shijiazhuang City, China

I consider Day one as the day we meet the children, and day zero as the travel day. For those team members that started in Philadelphia, it was a 43 hour day. Our full team assembled in San Francisco for Read More »

Oct 16, 2009

October 13th

Shijiazhuang City, China

Following a team meeting and breakfast we boarded a bus for the short ride to Shijiazhuang First Hospital. Shijiazhuang First Hospital is a 1,100 bed facility. We experienced a warm welcome at a ceremony a... Read More »

Oct 17, 2009

October 14th

Shijiazhuang City, China

Today is pre clinic day, and the day we meet the children. The dedication and commitment of all the team members is obvious as everyone gets to work. It is amazing to see our team in action, with efficienc... Read More »

Oct 17, 2009

October 15th

Shijiazhuang City, China

The weather has been very pleasant with blue skies and high temperatures in the 70’s.  Our first day of surgery started early with two operating rooms as Dr. Granger is still in transit from the Un... Read More »

Oct 17, 2009

October 16th

Shijiazhuang City, China

Dr. Granger arrived at the team hotel at dawn, so we will run three OR’s today. The hospital is very large with the ward on the second floor, and the OR on the 5th floor, and Michelle’s orthodontic wor... Read More »

Oct 20, 2009

October 19th

Shijiazhuang City, China

Back to work. By the second week even the non-medical volunteers know what a Dingman clamp or a fistula is. This afternoon Dr. Granger is going to be the surgeon for a little boy named Jia Hao. He has what Read More »

Oct 20, 2009

October 20th

Shijiazhuang City, China

Today started cool and cloudy, with smog. Now we have sun and smog. Three operating rooms, and 17 surgeries on the docket, make for another long day. Our ward has 38 beds total for pre O.P. and post O.P. T... Read More »

Oct 21, 2009

The Language Barrier

Shijiazhuang City, China

Chinese is an opaque language. Instead of an alphabet they have several thousand characters. Each character represents a different word. For example over an exit sign there are four characters, which mean ... Read More »

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