Day 2/Tag 2
The African sun has scarcely risen, the ground still glistens with morning dew. It’s 5.30am and the RESTORE team begin to awaken for the second day of work at the First Care Hospital of Kumasi, Ghana. The surgical team prepare themselves for the challenges that lie ahead - 14 intricate procedures ranging from complex skin grafts to breast reconstructions.
Even at this early hour the hospital waiting room brims with new patients still waiting to be screened. Some have travelled three days from towns and villages across the country, some have slept outside the steps of the hospital desperate to be seen by the RESTORE team of doctors, something they may never have the chance to do if it were not for the work of Dr Michael K. Obeng’s foundation.
The Ghanaian National Health Insurance System is still in its infancy and despite the governments efforts to provide affordable healthcare for its citizens, the system struggles to support the elaborate healthcare needs of many of its most vulnerable people. This struggle makes the patience and gratitude of the people we meet only more endearing as they wait humbly in the humid 80 degree climate.
Making the most of the limited facilities and equipment the surgical team commenced their work, rebuilding the ear of a 9 year old boy with severe facial burns using intricate grafting techniques. A challenging day of surgeries ensued, reaping blood, sweat and tears, but most importantly success, as 14 men, women and children had their lives restored at the hands of Dr Michael K. Obeng and his fellow RESTORE doctors. ‘Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime’ - Maimonides
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