They named her Angel, and she was. She came to have her cleft palate fixed, she’d had her lip repaired already. She was scheduled for Tues. afternoon she waited, but Tuesday morning our cautery wouldn’t work. (You can’t do a palate repair safely in a third world country without it). Angel was rescheduled to Weds. On the first case Weds the replacement cautery caught fire. Locals scrambled to find an adequate cautery and suction machine for her surgery. She was postponed again while we waited for a loaner cautery. Afternoon it arrived. We tested and were able to confirm it was adequate for surgery.
She is the first palate patient I’ve seen offer a full smile on the first post op day. This is what makes these trips worth the struggles.