|Drs. Meir Nyska and Sahra Sellers|
I knew that we would see foot and leg deformities that I'd only seen in textbooks, but I didn't expect that the patients would be so easy to work with. To be honest, we saw deformities that I don't think have ever been described in writing. (And I won't even attempt to try).
It was amazing to see the creativity that patients have used to function despite their deformities: wearing shoes backward, using sticks as crutches, and family members literally carrying each other. I expected that every surgery to correct the severe deformities would be long, complicated, and difficult. I was absolutely amazed at the number of people we were able to help with relatively simple procedures.
When we first arrived at Can Tho General Hospital, it seemed like there were people absolutely everywhere. I was excited and anxious to get started with the evaluations while we waited for the full team to arrive. The patient evaluations on our first two days are best described as organized chaos, especially on the first day as everyone figured out their roles.