Each child, each parent, each story. A range of deformities from cleft lips and palates, to deformities I have no name for, disfigurement from burns, hands, feet, webbed digits, Each one getting five or ten minutes with the doctors. Probably the most outstanding impression I have of the day is the way the two doctors who came together for the first time making quick but appropriate decisions according to Interplast guidelines, which are safety, quality, and can the patient be improved. How hard it was to witness patients who had to be turned away, whose conditions were too complex to be handled at this particular time and in this particular place.
The other memory I’ll carry from the day is the grace with which the disappointed parents took their disappointments, bowing to the surgeons and quickly leaving to deal with their emotions. And as I write this the stream continues. It’s four o’clock in the afternoon and the patients continue to come, and except for lunch the doctors and nurses haven’t had a break all day.