We maxed out our final day at the hospital with surgeries in the morning followed by our post op clinic in the afternoon. We had a great turnout for the post op which is always a hectic affair. About 70 patients with one or more family members pass through a series of stations, first to have their post op photo taken then to be seen by the surgeon, pediatrician, dentist and speech therapist.
The scene was hot, humid, crowded and loud but we all saw familiar faces that looked a little different now. High fives and hugs were the order of the day with lots of photos taken by the team to help remember our new friends.
It's been a great mission with 80 patients receiving a total of 120 surgical procedures. Many people had both their cleft lip and palate repaired. We received terrific support from the hospital staff and many local students who served as volunteer translators. We are all proud of the fine work we have done, giving new smiles to so many.
Jerry Meshulam, Photojournalist