Tuesday, October 8, 2013

New Smiles!

Sunday, October 6

We had a splendid surgical day one! We performed 4 primary cleft lip repairs, 7 palate repairs, 4 bone grafts, along with 4 lip revisions and surgeries to improve speech.

This was the full schedule as planned, even though Dr. Fritz’s arrival was delayed until almost noon.
His trip took him through Cleveland, Chicago, Tulsa, Dallas and Phoenix. Needless to say, he needed to hit the ground running! Kudos to Dr. Fritz!

Perhaps some of our younger patients would be inclined to disagree, but our team and their parents would say that all went well. After the inevitable crying had subsided, there were many, many smiles along with tears of joy. Some of our little, initially sad, customers are starting to try out their new
smiles this morning. Thanks to everyone's efforts, they will have much more to smile about in the years to come!

On an unrelated note: Hairball Update - - Many of our group went to their concert Saturday night and had an absolute blast! They tried hard to be good and leave early so they could get to bed on time, but when Hairball played Bon Jovi's "Livin' On a Prayer" the night was extended just a bit. Five star
reviews from all, so those of you reading from in the Twin Cities, New Year's Eve at the Medina Ballroom promises to be a night to remember!

Monday, October 7, 2013

MN Band "Hairball" Supports CSI in Hermosillo

Our patients and team were thrilled to meet the band Hairball at the hospital.

Dollies Making A Difference in MX

Our team was busy in surgery again today. Here are some pictures of some of our patients and also our team. The dollies were donated by a wonderful group of women in California called Dollies Making a Difference. The team departs Tuesday morning around 11a. Another successful mission! We are looking forward to our 10th mission next year. A special thanks to St Andrew's Childrens' Clinic and the staff and volunteers at CIMA Hospital for making the mission such a success.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Hermosillo Screening Day

We had a great day today--we had 96 kids we were prepared to screen, 87 showed up and got screened, and we are planning to do surgery on 38 of them, 19 tomorrow and 19 Monday.
It was  chaos at first but within the hour we had it down to a system and the rest of the day flowed as smoothly as seeing 87 patients in one day can go. Unfortunately we are not all here yet...we are waiting for Laura Glass, our second floor nurse to arrive this evening, and Mike Fritz, one of our surgeons, is still in Dallas, whence it seems the fastest way to get to Hermosillo is to fly to Mexico City and back. Or was it Berlin? We may have to pare back the schedule but will do our best to fit in as many cases as we can, safely.

And we would like to give a shout out to Hairball! When we checked in at the airport in Minneapolis , the agent asked if we were with that rock band. Um, no. But they were going to Hermosillo, too. She thought they maybe were Kiss; we found that unlikely. Someone said they were called Airborne. I sat next to them on the plane, where they listened to music, drank soft drinks, and looked out the window the whole way to Phoenix--it was crazy! They are staying at the same hotel as us, so we got to talking this morning. They are a heavy metal cover band/pyrotechnic spectacle from Minneapolis, and they are playing a gig in Hermosillo tonight. We told them about the work we are doing here and invited them to stop by the hospital if they had time, and they came this afternoon after they finished their sound check! The kids were thrilled, as were the hospital staff--many photos and smiles all around!! It was a great touch to a great day--it was really nice of them to take the time to stop by!  I never thought I would say thank you and Hairball in the same sentence, but thank you, Hairball. :)