La Paz, Bolivia - Amy Laden, translator/coordinator: We are well underway now, and all seems to be going smoothly. The hospital is very supportive, from administration to the floor to the OR staff. Dr. Jorge Terrazas, an orthopedic surgeon and our international partner here in La Paz, Bolivia, has been with the team in clinic and today. Residents are scrubbing in. There is a small foundation called SOS Manos that was started over a year ago (pre last trip). Rocio (Jorge's wife), his mother and several others are members. Their purpose is to raise money so that hand patients can receive care, both with Jorge and therapy. They provided breakfast and lunch yesterday for the patients and families. Many came from far away and are being housed by the first lady´s office.
We saw a 7 year-old boy in clinic named Brandon Steve, with several fingers burned. I have a photo which I will try to upload tonight. When he was asked how he was injured, his parents told us it was a "matasuegra", which translates to kill your mother-in-law and is a type of fireworks.
More later. BTW, the weather is actually sunny and warmer than expected. Chilly, but not really really cold. What a pleasant surprise.