Friday, August 20, 2010

Joys and Sorrows

There is a team of Orthopedic Surgeons from Holland has been coming to St. Martin de Porres Hospital for years.  They exclusively work on children with crooked legs, usually extremely bowed legs.  Because of this people come year long to inquire about getting their children's legs fixed.  

I saw a 14 year old boy yesterday whose lower legs were only 1/3 the size of normal and extremely deformed.  He amazingly could stand on these legs but he had worn out his prior crutches.  He has had 4 prior surgeries but I don't think any thing further can be done.  We were able to get his some new blue crutches and I saw him today slowly maneuvering thru the hospital with a big smile on his face!

The Women’s Ward was all excited today as one of the women had her 1 year old son with her.  He was as cute as a bug and he knew it and had all the patients smiling with his antics.  

With 14 beds in a confined area these patients help one another and share each others joys and sorrows.

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