Today was our first day in the operating room (Operating Theatre, as the Zambians say) and it went beautifully. We did four operations and had the national news reporters join us in the OR for an interview and some film footage. We are so grateful to the Beit CURE hospital for its excellent staff and support. Our favorite anesthesiologist, Dr. Tshoma, was here again this year. We don’t worry at all about the babies and children as Dr. Tshoma is so experienced, talented and calm–not to mention so soft-hearted with the children.
Here are some of our experiences today.
We had the pleasure of seeing Natasha again this year and of repairing Natasha’s cleft palate. We met her last year, when we repaired her cleft lip. Here is her before and after picture of her cleft lip repair, and a couple of intraoperative photos from her cleft palate repair today.