The Iraq Community Based Rehabilitation and rewarding start to 2019 preparing our patients for a visiting team of volunteer surgeons and nurses. 25 patients received free surgeries and we are currently following up with them, removing sutures, and beginning follow up therapy. This week we are also beginning a family and peer group program to empower our clients and their families with more tools to care for themselves, each other and their communities.
The operations performed ranged from relatively minor to quite complicated. One of our precious patients had extra digits removed from all both hands and both feet. When the casts and bandages were removed her father held up his hand so that she could put her 5 fingers to his 5 fingers, and she cried with joy as she realized that this minor procedure would enable her to be seen as a normal member of her community!
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