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Tuesday in the Operating Room

Dr. Jeff Swail performing a bi-lateral cleft repair. For someone who has never been in the OR, in a conscious state, it is intimidating. You are so concerned that you will touch something or bump into a machine providing life to the patient undergoing surgery. That is how I felt on Tuesday morning as I entered. What I found was […]

Waiting for Surgery on Wednesday

These little boys and girls are scheduled for surgery on Wednesday. Many of the children scheduled have been at the hospital since Sunday. They traveled far, so the hospital is accommodating them in the wards. Since the children came with their families there can be 4 or 5 people in the wards for each child scheduled for surgery. The families […]

Tuesday morning rounds continued

There were two particularly touching patient stories this morning. Andrew and his father (seen talking to Dr. Jamie) were full of “thank yous” for the doctors this morning. Andrew had his lip and cleft repaired yesterday afternoon. He had a submucous cleft which is a very small hole in the palate. His father said that his speech had already improved. […]

Tuesday morning rounds

The surgery team made rounds 1st thing on Tuesday morning. They visited the 8 surgery cases that were performed yesterday. The ward was quiet; but all of the parents were visibly very pleased though the patients not quite as smiley as on Monday but filled with hope for a future full of smiles and whistling. These patients will be discharged […]

Dinner at Villa Julieta

What a nice way to end a very busy day! The team was invited to Villa Julieta, the family home of Vice Governor Sally Perez for dinner. We were greeted by Sally and her mother. We enjoyed a delicious Filipino meal under the stars in a beautiful setting. All of us were very thankful for the hospitality shown to us […]


Today was a really uplifting and interesting day. We showed up at the hospital and went up to the recovery room to see the patients who underwent surgery yesterday. We gave them going away bags with toys and a before-after picture. We also gave them a camera so they can take pictures in a few weeks when the swelling goes […]