Waiting for surgery outside OR
After screening, many patients were housed at a local pension house because they traveled long distances to get to Pototan. They returned to the hospital the afternoon prior to surgery and were admitted to the hospital. If there were further labs or X-rays necessary, those were done, and the families then moved to the Chapel to await their surgery. From the Chapel, they were taken to the OR holding area (a bench outside the OR). When the OR room was ready, most of them walked in and positioned themselves on the operating table. There were two surgeries going in one room… the patient awaiting surgery could see the other surgery in progress. The young children having surgery were so stoic. No complaining or crying; very little pain medication after surgery.