Sunday, April 26, 2009

Some Great Pics!

Our Public Affairs Office has put together some fantastic composit pictures of our work so far in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The picture above is one of those.

Today was a great day! For the first time on this mission, I got a chance to get down to the OR and watch as some of our amazingly talented surgeons were doing some amazing surgeries! This picture is of a Cleft Pallet and Lip repair. I came in at almost the end and the results were amazing!
I viewed several surgeries and it brought back a lot of memories! For those of you who don't know, I was a Surgery Technician back in the late 1970s to the end of 1983. Things have changed a lot since then, but a lot of things are the same. While I didn't remember the names of all the instruments, many of them were very familiar. I plan to spend more time in the OR and hopefully will get a chance to scrub in again and assist directly with some of our surgical care.

Then there's the Big Tooth! Can you imagine how much fun it must be to wear this costume in 90+ degree heat for an hour or so? I have all the respect in the world for the folks who are bringing this educational opportunity to all these kids!

And speaking of educational opportunities, here is one of our Project Hope Nurse Educators teaching a class to a packed classroom in Santo Domingo! These folks are providing exceptional training to hundreds of our Host Nation medical professionals.

And for you Hillary fans: The Secretary of State swung by for a quick visit while we were in Haiti. She didn't make it to the ship, but she did tour one of our Medical Sites. That's our Mission Commander, Commodore Lineberry, showing her through the site.

A "High Five" is an appropriate Thank You to the hundreds of Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, Public Health Officers, Foreign Nation Military, and Civilian Volunteers that are doing so much for so many!

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