Today we had the pleasure of joining the construction team on site at the church. It was awesome to see all the hard work they have been doing over this last week. We were proud to see the efforts to transform the cement building into a beautiful church. The medical team held their clinic inside of the church alongside the construction crew and local dentists. The medical team saw 111 children/babies and 125 adults while the dentists saw 95.
The area we were at for the clinic/church is the poorest of all the areas we have been to with very little access to many needed supplies and assistance. The people who came to see us walked for along time over roads that were impassable at times.
One 80 year old gentleman walked 30 minutes with a cane to get treatment. When he arrived, we could smell his foot before he even took a seat in the chair. We all looked at each other and said…gangrene. Upon removal of the sock, we could not believe that he was able to walk. He said that he has had this problem on his foot for 15 years because he walked somewhere he was not supposed to and therefore was now cursed. It was impressive that he still had a foot and was not septic. Stuart was our wound nurse this week and proceeded to treat the area. The gentleman has been using this material from a local tree to cover the infection. (see picture below)
It has been a terrific week doing clinics with so many different but wonderful experiences each day.