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Day 6: Last day for mission nine.

03 May

This is the last day of our ninth mission here in Haiti and it’s always hard. It’s hard because we still have to turn away patients.

It’s hard because there’s momentum for change and you want to keep on pushing.

To do more.

To help who you can, how you can.

Yesterday’s trip to a nearby orphanage did a lot to lift spirits. What an amazing place. Close 100 orphans, some with real medical issues but the pediatricians said they are doing well and extremely well cared for. So touching and uplifting to see. We brought food, clothes and soccer balls (always a hit with the kids). Thanks to all for donating. Wish you could the smiles on their faces. One little guy even ran away with Dr. Jewer’s glasses and wouldn’t give them back! Hope grows no matter what.

Day started before 7 in the OR.

Pediatrics is maxed with patients. One teen is being treated for a spinal cord injury. She was shot while trying to protect her mother. The bullet left her paralyzed and she can only turn side to side to avoid pressure sores. She’s such a smart kid. Sadly, bullet wounds are a common reality here.

The team decided to pitch in and get her an iPad so she can use it to for education and for enjoyment. Natalie and Leigh Anne did an amazing job… as usual!

We’re all feeling the fatigue but this is a team that, no matter how tired, sprints to the finish. After seven long days and nights, everyone’s still committed, still driven. We all plan on working late into the night on cleft lip repair. Sleep maters little when you can change a child’s life forever.

Again, thank you all for the comments on my blog as well as the comments on Facebook and tweets. Trust me, the team sees them and are so moved and inspired by them. For those looking to get involved or to donate, please visit www.brokenearth.ca

We’ve still got so much work to do Haiti. Keep well my Haitian friends. See you in October.

My 4-year-old asked my wife Alison “someday, when daddy is not working in Haiti, can he pick me from school?” That made me smile. Like everyone here, I can’t wait to get home to family and friends.

First thing for me will be a family date and a trip to a school parking lot.

 

– Andrew

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12 Comments

Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

12 responses to “Day 6: Last day for mission nine.

  1. Linda

    May 3, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Safe travels home.you guys are great!…Hope to return myself!!!!

     
  2. Merriam

    May 3, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Safe journey home. You are all amazing!

     
  3. Sandra

    May 3, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Safe travels. You are doing an amazing job.

     
  4. Susan

    May 3, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    You are all truly an inspiration! The people of Haiti are in great hands and you should all be very proud of another job well done! I, myself, am hoping to join the team in the future (I’m an Rn). Best wishes for a safe trip back home!

     
  5. Milly

    May 3, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Looking good Jane. Safe trip home.

     
  6. Lillian Buffett

    May 4, 2013 at 3:03 am

    Thank God for people like you guys!!! Enjoy your family date and your trip to the school to pick up Rachel … ( I am thinking she is the 4 yr old … lol ) Safe Travels !!

     
  7. Sonia Stringer

    May 4, 2013 at 3:47 am

    Wow! Such heroes…have a safe trip back!!!

     
  8. Janet

    May 4, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    What you all have accomplished this week will have far a ripple effect that reaches out beyond measure. As you finally sleep, realize that you have made dreams come true…
    Thank-you for putting hope back in this world.

     
  9. Arlene Scott

    May 4, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Safe travels home….you’re amazing folks whose dedication and spirit is insurmountable ….

     
  10. Ella Clarke

    May 4, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    See you soon, Daddy. Have a safe trip! Love ya!
    Ella

     
  11. angela rideout

    May 4, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    I wish everyone a safe return home…I am so honored to say I work with members of this team….stay safe and keep paying it forward…each one of you are truly golden. ..

     
  12. Rosanne

    May 4, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Know what you have done.
    Celebrate what you have done.

     

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