Another impression I want to capture is the tender beauty of the reunion of parent and child in the recovery room. As soon as the child is awake from the anesthesia, the mother or father is brought in to hold and comfort the child. The patients are then moved to the wards where their families stay with them until their discharge.
The courage and bravery of the patients and their families has been inspirational.
The trip secretaries are also the interpreters. They not only keep the whole process organized and running smoothly, they do the critical and sensitive work of interpreting between the patients and the medical staff as well as instantly and clearly interpreting the critical information the doctors must quickly communicate to each other as they decide, moment to moment, how to best serve the patients best interest.
There are so many educational aspects to this trip…these are just a few… being here with these talented and generous-spirited people and witnessing the miraculous work they do, I feel like my cup runneth over.