The ward overflowed with patients, but each received exemplary care from this team of dedicated and attentive physicians. Dr. Perry and Dr. Barnard had 6 cases in the OR but let me just say that none of it would have been possible without our amazing scrub tech Andrea Searcy and our extremely resourceful Medtronic rep Max Yue who prepped each OR tray, cleaned and sterilized every instrument after each case. This team came to Mbarara to make a difference in the lives of patients, so with one autoclave machine, minimal outlets in the OR, extremely limited supplies and unimaginable politics these two stellar individuals overcame all obstacles and forged ahead.
Amazing job Andrea and Max, the two of you rock every single day!
Dinner and reflection has become customary for our team at the end of the day, and according to Pam, “ Showing people that you care about their own unique circumstances is invaluable in helping them open up to you as a clinician and make positive change in their lives.” This seems to be a universal concept regardless of culture.