Written from Haiti by Darcy Patterson, June 2008 team member:
We had our first clinic day today and it went very well. Our team is fabulous and I am so thankful to work with these people. We saw 205 patients with conditions ranging from ob/gyn checks, to burns and sores that needed debridement, to hemorrhoids and hernias.
The worst case of the day broke my heart and I ask for your prayers. A young girl, 10 or 11 years old, came in with a huge mass on her right leg. She was undernourished and very small. It turns out she has terminal bone cancer. It was heart-wrenching to say the least.
Today I had the opportunity to work with Papa Joe (Dr. Joe Markee) in the ob/gyn exam room. What a thrill. I truly missed my calling.
I can’t say enough good about Terre Blanche and the people of Haiti. This experience has truly been a blessing and I thank all who helped me get here. We are doing good work and I feel proud to be a part of it.