The first full day of surgeries began bright and early with a hearty group breakfast. From there, we all made our way to the hospital where we were welcomed most graciously with a very lovely Opening Ceremony lead by the Lion’s Club, our sponsor here in Sri Lanka. At its conclusion, it was time to start heading back to the operating theatre to prep the rooms for the day.
As the tables were being readied, the surgeons took the opportunity to screen more patients. There were about 50-60 that were seen and 25 that qualified for the type of surgeries that we were prepared to do. It is truly heartbreaking to turn away people who have been waiting but many were burn victims and we wouldn’t have been able to provide the treatment they deserve with limited resources. Most patients chosen have facial deformities and/or will have scar revisions.
Of the 6 patients that had been chosen yesterday for surgery today, one had to be canceled because of complications found upon further screenings. However, 5 surgeries were completed successfully with hopeful optimal results for recovery.
The day turned out to be nearly 12 hours from start to finish although it flew by. Needless to say, the only thing that could be heard on the bus ride back to the hotel was the heavy sound of exhaustion. After a restful night, we’ll be ready to tackle day 3.
Keep an eye out for an upcoming gallery with photos from today and later this week.