Our second case was Musa, a 68 year old man with lumbar stenosis, epidural tumor and prostate cancer. We began the case with Dr. Kip while Dr. St Clair and Dr. Varley attended to the patella fracture we saw in the wards a day ago. Musa had multiple issues resulting from his undiagnosed prostate cancer which had spread to most of his spine. He needed a spinal tumor mass debulking, decompression of his spinal canal and instrumented fusion from T10-L1 following this ordeal the general surgeons came and performed an orchiectomy, yikes! Needless to say it was a much tougher day for Musa then any of us. Again the team came together in spectacular manner in order to overcome the obstacles that Ugandan hospitals pose and help this seriously sick man.
Monday was a great day. We all really bonded as a team and were working together very well to serve the patients of lovely battered Mbarara. We left the hospital and arrived for a late night group dinner, where, Dr. St Clair reminded us of Dr. Lieberman's tradition of going around the table to hear each person share lessons they learned from the day. Each perspective was unique and insightful. We have repeated this tradition as the days have gone on and it is absolutely amazing how much has changed for us. Our investment in this place, respect for the people, and future plans to return continues to grow each day. We finished dinner just after midnight, after another rewarding, great day.
Quote of the day: He just made alittle incision, grabbed them, and pluu-mp! - Brian describing the orchiectomy he walked in on.