This morning we left at exactly 6:30 a.m. for the hospital.
It will be a hectic pre-clinic day. At 8:00 a.m. there were already many people waiting in line patiently, with hope and expectations for their children. The patients are all assigned numbers because we want to see the small babies first.
There are groups with the older children and adults waiting in another area. Nancy and Carmen from the Rotary Club Lima el Rimac were a great help in completing the many files. All the children were photographed, had an assessment, including vital signs and were seen by the surgeons, anesthesiologists, pediatricians and the dentists. At 3:00 p.m. just when we thought the queue would slow down, another large group of families seemed to appear out of nowhere.
By the end of the day we had seen 135 children and screened them all. In the final hours of the evening the difficult decision of who would have surgery was made and the surgical schedule was posted on the wall outside the clinic.