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So sorry. Yes we are alive and well in Ghana. We just have not had access to the internet. So I will be writing a rather long note to catch you all up.
July 3 we arrived at the Accra, Ghana airport. From there we took a cab to Nsawam. There is a nice highway for part of the trip but they are doing construction so we spent an hour navigating what I would loosely call a "road" for 2 miles until we could return to the highway. We spent 2 days at the Orthopedic Clinic Campus where my SSND are located.
The campus holds space for up to 120 residents- children and adults who have had amputations, serious corrective surgeries for birth defects and others who are coping with physical restrictions related to polio. The medical team here divides the whole country into 4 regions. They go out on trek for 1-3 weeks, evaluating and planning for treatment and transport of people who need to come to the clinic. The staff help people rehab after surgery. They build all their own prostetics, braces and shoes for those who have amputations or need supportive braces. The patients are on campus for several weeks or months depending on the rehab support they need. All the children attend school on campus during the day. They have a house mother that helps them. Many of these children are from very remote areas. They have lost a limb from accidents or injuries that were not treated when they occured. This may be the only time they are able to attend school.
On Sunday, we swam with 9 boys in the pool. These boys all of whom have lost at least one if not both legs are graceful and fiercely courageous. We had so much fun, driving, swimming and chasing after them. Dean and I were exhausted but the boys could have gone on for hours.
We also visited the Notre Dame Medical Clinic. People line up at the clinic starting at 7am. Staff starts seeing people at 7:30 and their day does not end until every person in line is seen. On the day we were there they saw 214 patients and considered it a slow day!!!! They see everything from burns, colds, bone breaks and women in labor. It is an amazing network of triage and treat mini centers. They only have beds for 3 patients. They have built a building to create a labor and delivery center but are looking for funds to get beds and staff. The need is great the money is little. But they are absolute optomists. Somehow someway they will get it built.
Alright. I'm goint to post this before this computer freaks out. more in a minute.