At eight o’clock tonight, Rose was wheeled out of the operating room, tumor-less. It took us 8 to 9 hours to complete the surgery. As far as we can tell, we removed all the tumor and if so she has the chance to have a functional arm for the rest of her life. She wants to be a nurse and perhaps now that will be possible. She still has a long recovery ahead of her. It will be 6-9 months of healing and rehabilitation.
She is resting tonight in her bed. Her husband waited patiently for the entire procedure and her three-year-old daughter was with her grandmother. All were relieved when it was over.
While Dr Zuckerman and I were in surgery, Drs Hippolyte and Nelson completed to surgery on Love Daly, rebreaking her leg and reassembling it to its normal length and shape. She will be able to walk again in the next few days. It has been a long 3 months for this young girl who orphaned, lives with a friend of the family. She also now begins the road to recovery. At 15 years old, she is in the third grade and looks forward to returning to school.
I sit in wonder at the remarkable gift that we can to offer these patients. Our support from home is critical in providing not only the funding for these cases but also the moral strength to do the work. We are an eclectic group from different parts of the country with very different backgrounds and skills assembled here for a short but very important job. It is only through your help that we can do this.
With Love from Haiti