Saturday was the end of a long week of registering, examining, doing surgeries and helping the patients in recovery. Dozens of patients have already gone home with their parents, and we hope that they all will return on Thursday, April 7, for the final clinic day and last checkups.
Record-keeping, while not as glamorous as surgery, is essential to keep track of the medical records of more than 150 patients. Each patient is photographed with his/her case number, and the portrait is printed out and attached to the patient’s folder.
One of the staff’s favorite patients was Robin, a bundle of energy and curiosity. While he was being examined, his mother, Dina Judith, waited outside and wept with fear. She traveled four hours from her home to the hospital, and the imagination can exaggerate the dangers of the surgery.
Then, when it’s time for surgery, Lois leads Robin into the OR.
After a 45-minute operation to close Robin’s cleft palate, Lois carries him to the PACU (Post-Anesthesia Care Unit).
After a few minutes of being stabilized and waking up, Robin is finally reunited with his relieved mother.
After spending the night at the hospital, Robin is ready to go home first thing Monday morning.
One of the interesting aspects of this mission is that there are two mother-daughter pairs volunteering.