Quang Ngai, Vietnam-Nicole Friedland, Interplast staff. Photo by John Urban
The team is busy getting the patients ready, starting the anesthesia, operating, making rounds, discharging patients. Sometimes it is easy for me to forget the magnitude of what we're doing. This morning after medicating the first baby, the nurses efficiently took the patient off for surgery. As I lingered in the waiting room, I saw the baby's mother turn her face to the wall. She had tears running down her cheeks and she was clearly anxious about her baby going in to surgery. I can imagine the emotions for any parent - relief at knowing their precious baby will have the surgical care they so desperately need, as well as the anxiety about the unknown outcome of anesthesia and surgery.
It was lovely to be in the recovery room when mother and baby were reunited.