Beverly Kent, October 3, 2007
We will have probably our longest day yet today. The patients are just so numerous and needy and there is much to do. We are doing our best with what we have.
One of the patients for today is Drissa . He was the patient we operated on last year who had lost his entire eyelid (and had many other injuries) when he was set on fire by one of his father’s wives. Jean Labelle reconstructed his upper lid last year; Roberto will reconstruct his lower lid today. Drissa was living on the street when we met him last year. He was brought to us by a group of U.S., French, and Canadian people working here who had adopted his cause and wanted to find care for him. Since then, he has found a room to live in and is working as a janitor at a Canadian organization.
The team party for our host colleagues is tomorrow evening. As of now, we have over 70 people coming, not including the team. Tim, the American doctor who runs a street clinic for kids, was able to get us a room at the American International Club of Bamako, which used to house the U.S. Marines guarding the U.S. Embassy. The woman running the center is an American who was married to a Malian. She has been extremely nice and helpful in putting together our reception.