A bit of a rushed breakfast this morning as most of the team was sluggish to get up, beat from the events of yesterday, not to mention the toll of a long week’s work in a foreign country. Although that didn’t stop Dr. Lieberman from his morning run, again joined by local Joshua and now Dr. Burch, team 2 lead surgeon. He also had new shoes, now Dr. Lieberman is double screwed (just like most of his patients).
Both teams crammed into a single van for the hospital, 17 people in total, which is a Uganda Spine Mission record! We arrived at the hospital and got right to work. Most of team 2 went straight into clinic, with growing lines of potential patients, they’ll have their work cut out for them today, as the eager Ugandans look to the medical team for assistance.
Equipment manager Brian walked some team 2 members through the SPD, the sterilization and processing department. It’s quite a bit different from the way things work back home, as the hospital here lacks much of the equipment, resources and manpower that make sterilization stateside a much more efficient process. Here it is more hands on, and there is a significantly greater risk of contamination or even infection. Knowing the dangers, Brian pointed very forcefully to get his point across.
Having grown quite a bit now, Dr. Lieberman found it best suited to remove the corrective hardware and allow Ivan to continue growing au naturale. The operation was quite simple in comparison to some of our other corrective cases, so it was a nice change of pace. Everything went well, and we look forward to seeing Ivan next year and continuing to monitor his progression!
We were finally done with our work in Uganda! As a thanks to Dr. Lieberman for carrying us all week, we decided to carry him off into the sunset!
We tried an Indian restaurant for dinner and put in an order for Na’an early because we were starving! We’re not sure they got the message though because our main courses came out before we ever got the Indian bread. A bit annoyed with the lack of carbs, Zvi commented “so far this has been a non Na’an meal”