Today was our screening clinic, a time for meeting new patients and seeing return patients for follow up examinations. Screening clinic is also a time for rekindling friendships with physicians and staff that we see only once a year. It is always fun and a bit hectic.
Our team this year consisted of Dr. Clawson, me, and my daughter, Madeleine. Alongside us were the indispensable nurses, who also serve as translators, as well as the CURE hospital CEO, Tim Ebbers, and his wife Melissa. We were able to schedule 16 children for surgery, and will be seeing more as they trickle in throughout the week. Below are some of the darling faces that greeted us today.
Grace is a beautiful baby with a bilateral cleft lip. She is 4 months old and the perfect age for this surgery.
Friday is 15 months old now. We repaired his lip last year and he was just here for a check up. Mom was very pleased with his result and so were we.
Jimmy is scheduled for cleft lip repair this week. Ideally, he would have been treated at 3 months of age. Having the lip repaired at an earlier age helps the teeth come in properly. Nonetheless, he’ll gain a significant improvement in his appearance later in the week.
After screening clinic, we went on a “bush hike” with friends from the hospital and caught a peek at an African sunset. All in all, a great start to the week.