Wednesday, March 9th Recap:
POP made history today! We took on our first trauma case. A 17-year old boy who suffered a terrible motorcycle accident. Patients sat up and walked to their parents, and a reunion of previous patients happened this afternoon. We weren’t even supposed to take on a 7th patient because we only had 1 OR to work with, so the original plan was to use Wednesday as a clean-up and prep for the final 3 cases day and a cast room lecture. Since the shipment didn’t arrive and we found out about this young man, we were agile and changed our course of action to help him. If we didn’t treat this boy, he would have had to be in a body cast for 3-4 months.
Here is Ronald, a resident of Santiago. He’s 17 years old and sustained a spine fracture from a motorcycle accident. He was in bed for 2 weeks when we met him. He loved his bear and named him “peluche,” which means Teddy Bear. He did very well with his surgery.
Melany’s mom visits her as she recovers from scoliosis surgery.
A father’s smile watching his daughter sitting up for the first time nice and tall after surgery.
A mother gives a comforting kiss to her daughter after scoliosis surgery.
Her scoliosis incision looks great post-surgery!
Sleeping while hugging her bear!
Ann Rosen painted 3 butterflies on this wall in the orthopedic recovery room. Great job Ann! They love butterflies in the Dominican Republic.
POP’s Director of Development and Operations, Yvette López Adams painted the other wall. It looks lovely Yve! Great teamwork ladies!
A reunion of previous patients was held today! So many showed up and it was nice to hear how well they are all doing now thanks to POP and our supporters!
The volunteer group at the hospital had a cake made with our logo for a celebration today! Gracias!
Former patients visit current patients to help them recover. What a wonderful day!