Clinic Day: Easily the busiest, most hectic and heart-wrenching day of the mission. The Clinic took place at Sian Tian Temple in Banilad (Cebu City), a gorgeous location where, for most of the day, the sun was shining as volunteers hustled and bustled about.
Cliff (Sterilizer) and Sue (Medical Records Coordinator) manage the paperwork of incoming patients.
A family member of a Cebu Port City rotarian helps with translating the local Cebuano language. She did a fabulous job with making the children feel comfortable.
Jon is pictured above with his mother as he waits to be screened for surgery. Stuffed animals were given as one of the many gifts for patients. Cock-a-doodle-doo!
Wilson is evaluated for a cleft palate by Ron Gemberling, MD, the mission's Medical Director.
Joseph poses with his mother as they patiently wait to be evaluated.
Neal Fleming, MD, PhD, pictured above, is our Lead Anesthesiologist.
Allie Wynands (Photojournalist) plays with a patient and his father after screening.
Jean McGill (Ward Coordinator) holds up a variety of stuffed animals for a patient to pick from. The ladybug was the winner.
During late afternoon, as a rainstorm arrives, the children's family members wait patiently to hear the upcoming schedule of surgeries to take place at the hospital in Cebu City.
Jennalyn (above) has the most endearing little attitude with Enrique as he writes her case number on her arm to distinguish her from her twin sister, Jennelyn. Both sisters were charming, and quickly grabbed everyone's attention.
In total, we screened 70 patients throughout the day – and over 60 were cleared to receive surgery. Operating days will begin tomorrow at Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (Cebu City), where we expect to see a number of "walk-ins" whom will require screening to be approved for surgery.