We started out the day splitting up into our groups: dental, surgical, and Project Mercy kids group. The dental team started out their day with a little bit of chaos, but after lunch all the kinks got worked out and all went smoothly. We were able to see over 15 patients in need of care, and did everything from exams to cleanings and extractions. One brave nine-year-old toughed out a total of 9 extractions in less than an hour and came out with a smile on his face! In the surgical ward, we hit the ground running with many different types of surgeries, from lipoma removal, OB/GYN cases, and even ended the day with a skin graft on a woman whose skin on the top of her foot was almost entirely removed after a fall off a Bijaj (the small taxis here in Ethiopia). Our handyman Bubba was also hard at work fixing every broken thing he came across and even teaching the hospital mechanic a thing or two! We ended the day washing the school children’s feet and removing the parasites they contracted from the soil which can live in their feet, and then all the first graders got a new pair of Tom’s shoes. We ended the night by sitting on the front porch watching the rain clouds roll in over the mountains and eating dinner while having good conversations with great company. All in all, it was a great day,
and we can’t wait for tomorrow!
-Sam and Tina