My name is Rosemary Welde R.N., and I am the team leader of the La Paz, Bolivia trip.
We saw over 130 patients in the pre-op clinic on Monday and now have had two surgery days. We are doing hand surgeries on the poor people in Bolivia. There is only one hand surgeon in the entire country. We have seventeen members on our team who are working very hard, but the high altitude (over 12,000 feet) has been challenging for us.
This week we had our first international nursing symposium in La Paz, and over 200 nurses from around the country have come to hear our lectures. Next week, there will be a hand symposium for the doctors about the hand surgeries and latest techniques and treatments for various types of patients.