Finally, our stay here at the Ingenio San Antonio is coming to an end. We are all happy about the surgeries we were able to successfully perform. The Interplast team 2006 says thank you to the APROQUEN team and all the staff supporting us throughout our stay at the Ingenio!
One of our favorites is cute 1-year-old Dilan. He was born with a drooping left eyelid and his mom tells us she is so excited to see him after surgery (us too!!). Our head nurse Ruth is shown here just about to take him into the operating room.
Now, Andi can smile again. When he was 1 year old, he was pushed into a hole filled with burning garbage, leaving him with a contracted right foot and several scars. In the past, he had difficulty walking, but now after surgery, he is looking forward to running like other kids.
Jeanette and Maja are the two translators/coordinators of the Interplast team in Nicaragua. Besides all the paperwork like registering patients and keeping their charts updated and ready for surgery, they are busy taking the patients to the operating room on time, consoling moms and dads waiting in the holding area and helping out with translation in the recovery room.
One of the best parts of the translator/coordinator job is entertaining both kids and parents after surgery with coloring books, candy and by taking Polaroid pictures.
Solimar is waiting in the holding area. For her, going to the operating room is almost a routine, at only 7 years of age, she has already had 6 operations on her cleft palate. Since she lives on the Atlantic coast, it is a long way to get to the hospital, one day by horse and another by bus. Still, she takes it easy and looks forward to getting over with this next operation.
Our first two patients for cleft lip surgery this morning are most adorable Ana and Saida, 7 and 5 years old, respectively. Ana will have her fourth operation while it is the third for Saida. Still, both are by no means afraid of the approximately two hours surgery lying ahead of them. While Ana tells us “voy a dormir muy rico” (I am gonna take a nice nap), Saida is already looking forward to having “carne y pollo” (meat and chicken) for lunch later that day.