FACES Peru Trip | Day 7, Final Day.

Last Day in the OR!

It's the last day in the OR. It's been bittersweet seeing the families come in, worry and wait and then see their children after the operation filled with thanks and joy. Aside from the experience of being in scrubs and in the OR watching surgery firsthand, it's the thankful emotional state of families that's been most rewarding. It's amazing what just a few people can do for the lives of others.

On the other hand here's somethin' that'll make you laugh...

Yep, that's me. Don't I look fabulous in blue? Can you see the surgery happening in the lower left corner? I would never be able to do something like this in the states. Nosiree.

Friday, the final day of surgeries was a quiet one. The day consisted of 3 patients bringing us to a total of 17 patients for the week. I can't say enough wonderful things about the team and how they each give a specific way to this trip. There are people who have skills in so many different areas, it's truly amazing to see this group of people turn into a well oiled machine in order to better the lives of others.

Rosa was actually scheduled for Monday, but when she came in doctors found it unsafe to operate because she had a cold. A little quick thinking lead to a swap in schedules adding Rosa to Friday and a Friday patient to earlier in the week. Unsure if we were going to operate or not, everyone arrived, met Rosa and checked her lungs right away. Safe! It was wonderful to be able to tell the family her surgery would be able to go through.

Meet Rosa! She's our youngest patient at 5 months old.

We also Operated on Yordy, a 16 year old boy, who has had his lip repaired but needed his nose fixed. I've recently learned that back home these types of patients may have up to 7 surgeries to repair everything begin with the lip, palate, nose, gums and teeth. It's very extensive and sometimes, depending on the case, need follow up work. I'm so happy Yordy was able to make it back for his nose.

It's been a wonderful time working with everyone this week and also being able to share with everyone back home what FACES as been up to. As this week comes to a close I know the people of Peru will be heavy on our hearts.

Before I leave I wanted to share some wonderful images from the local market. Yesterday I actually had the chance to visit for a few and capture some of the local people outside the clinic walls.

Taken right outside our hotel

At the local market

Thanks so much to everyone for following along, thanks for your support, encouragement and love. Just like the people say in Chiclayo, Ciao!

Big Smiles! Melissa Tomeoni with Soul Mates Photo



deut286 said...

Melissa, I loved reading all of your posts from this week. I only wish I'd been able to do that when I was in China! Blessings and safe travels home!


Cake & Co. said...

Love all the pictures! Thank you for sharing your adventure, it must have been unreal. Safe travels on the rest of your trip!

i and m photography said...

Oh, I just love the one of the guy waving! Too cute!