Day 3 was our first day of clinic. When we got to the clinic, which is just down the hill from where we are staying, there were close to 50 people waiting for us. Dale, our group escort from the states, informed us that some of the people had walked several hours to come to the free clinic. It was very humbling to see all those people already waiting on us. We saw over 50 patients throughout the day, some with minor illnesses, others with more serious conditions.
Robby Bosshardt, 4th year medical student, got the opportunity to perform surgery on a man that had a large growth in his back. Robby managed to remove the growth and we believe that the man will recover nicely. There is a photo of what was removed included below. (Caution: For those not conditioned to seeing graphic medical photos, prepare yourself.)
Robby’s father, Dr. David Bosshardt had an interesting case with a young boy that had an abscess on his neck that had previously been worked on by a Haitian doctor. A wick or packing had been placed into the infected wound to prevent the top of the wound from closing first and sealing the infection under the skin. This allows the wound to heal from the bottom up and pushing all the infection out through the surface. The only thing wrong was that the wick had been left in place too long. It was supposed to have been removed a small amount each day until completely out. The wick was all bunched up under the skin and created a large impacted wound. There is a graphic photo of this included as well. Dr. Bosshardt cleaned up the wound and removed what he could of the packing. He then instructed the boy’s uncle how to properly remove the remaining portions of packing in the days to come.
Again, for those of you following along, please pray for our group and the people of Haiti. On a more specific note, please pray for the leader of our group, Amy Mason. She became fairly sick with some sort of stomach illness on the afternoon of the 3rd day. She has been given several IV’s to rehydrate her and seems to be doing better this morning(4th day) but is still sick in bed trying to recover. Several people on the team have had some minor stomach problems and we would ask for your prayers that nothing more than this would occur.
Each day we also get the opportunity to play with and just love on the kids of the orphanage. It’s eye-opening and heart wrenching to see how hungry they are for attention. Many times they just want to sit with you or have you hold their hands.
See photos from our third day below.