Bob McCahill & Tim Sproule
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Dhaka, Bangladesh -- Tim Sproule, plastic surgeon: 17 June: I am settled in back in the Sheraton, which is like a strange luxury liner in the middle of the reality of Dhaka, a sprawling city of some 30 million struggling souls. I spent yesterday and today at Dhaka Medical College, meeting Dr. Khundkar and his "boys" (which include several girls now...) and going over what we would try to accomplish in the week. I did a clinic where I tried to put the plastic surgery trainees on the spot to help them with their hand examination skills, and we made some plans to do some surgery.
I had the pleasure of meeting up with an old friend as well, Brother Bob McCahill, who is a missionary who has lived in among the poorest Bangladeshis in isolated towns for more than 25 years, showing them by example how to live a selfless life of service. He brings patients with congenital deformities down to Dhaka for Dr. Khundkar to assess and possibly help as part of his service to the isolated communities that he lives in. He looks the same as when I first met him in 1994: despite his hard life, the spirit of giving obviously agrees with his health!