The 1st day of surgery went smoothly! There were 3 operating tables in full use throughout most of the day. Dr. Oscar Hilario, a local surgeon, joined us later in the afternoon. That made it for 2 full operating rooms. The patients were young; they ranged in age from 7 months to 10 years old. The majority of the patients were boys, 10 in all and 3 little girls. The majority of surgeries were to repair cleft lips. The highlight today was repairing the clefts of 2 boys from one family. They have 3 brothers and sisters who were with them at the hospital. The mother had a cleft lip which was previously repaired and was so excited that both her boys were going to be repaired as she knows how difficult it is living with a cleft lip. To see her happiness makes the long trip from Colorado to Kalibo worth all the time, effort, and money!
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!