Vicky and I, Neal and Cheryl have been moved to the youth hostel on campus at the hospital because of transportation problems. We have nicknamed our new home the "Ghetto" but it is nice to be close by, to be part of the socializing, and we have hot water for bucket showers, so we are happy campers.
Eight surgeries were performed today, with a couple being burn reconstructions that take much longer. Surgery Day 3 is going to be a huge work load on the team as we will be running the theaters with 4 tables.
The teams presence was requested to be at the courtyard at 4:30 pm to be honored by the Swami G, the spiritual leader, and local leaders. It was a huge inauguration of the project with lots of fan fair.There was a procession with a drum and horn corp, announcing the arrival of his holiness. They entered the courtyard first followed by the Swamiji and then the Rotaplast team. A hundred or so people were in attendance, including some of the families from post-op. We were escorted to the stage and took our seats on stage, where we listened to speeches honoring Rotaplast for their care for the people of Nagmagala. Our own Sandra, (Mission Director) and Dr. Rebbeca Jackson, (Medical Director) gave short speeches, followed by a blessing and thanks from his holiness and then we were presented with gifts on behalf of the Swami. It was really an honor for us to be reccognized by the Swami.