At 6:30 am, we arrived, checked in, and after a quick hour and a half nap for some, were back at it for 9 am. We grabbed breakfast and left to unload our equipment and set up at the hospital. After hours of unloading equipment the orthopedics/trauma team, led by Dr. Thom Scharschmidt, and the plastics team led by Dr. Elizabeth Kerner walked through the ward to meet and select prospective surgery candidates. Dr. Lieberman and Dr. Owusu also selected four prospective patients for spinal surgery- two boys, Ezekiel and Frank with suspected congenital kyphosis, Denise, an 18 year old with severe kyphoscoliosis and Enid, a 23 year old with a TB infection affecting her lumbar spine. We booked her for an anterior corpectomy and reconstruction for Wednesday.
We concluded our time at the hospital at 4 pm with even more unpacking. During the process we blew some fuses from the newly donated Stryker drills, but finished our unpacking nevertheless. The team was tired and running out of steam after a long day’s work and only having only eaten breakfast. After what was supposed to be a short journey into town, we settled down for some cold drinks, toasting to a successful first day and even more fulfilling couple of weeks to come. We headed into the hotel for a delicious buffet dinner, and some well deserved rest.
Quote of the day -'ouch that was my nipple'- Tom G. exclaimed, grazing his nipple as he helped unload some heavy bins from the bus!
Runner up quote of the day: ‘That is true love’- Sherri observing the subjects of photograph 1.