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Colombo, Sri Lanka: Hasantha

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As much trauma as I have seen in America, it doesn’t compare to some of the devastating injuries incurred by women, men and children here in Sri Lanka.

This is nine-month old Hasantha.  Her mother was burned to death, and Hasantha has 60% TBSA (total burned surface area) from an "accidental burn".  Her father is the suspected culprit, but I doubt that he will ever be punished.  It breaks my heart to see little ones hurt like this, but I am comforted that by giving my knowledge to Sri Lankan medical professionals, I am doing everything I can to help children like Hasantha.

To see more from Nancy and Anula's visiting educator workshop in Colombo, Sri Lanka, check out the Colombo, Sri Lanka visiting educator workshop blog.

Lusaka, Zambia: Immense Sense of Satisfaction

  Immense Sense of Satisfaction 
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We are having very full days and I am tired, but am getting an immense sense of satisfaction with the influence we have on these young minds. Today I assisted these young surgeons doing a medial gastrocnemius flap for an osteomyelitis of the tibia and another one to repair cut tendons in the wrist. This very vividly illustrated the lectures I gave on tendon and nerve repairs just the day before.

To see more from Jean and Rita's visiting educator workshop in Lusaka, Zambia, check out the Lusaka, Zambia visiting educator workshop blog.

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