|Children's ward at Katutura Intermediate Hospital, Namibia|
The surgical cases range in complexity from soft-tissue release procedures to ankle reconstructions. Likewise, the origin of their deformities varies. Many of our patients have clubfoot deformities while others have been in car accidents or have physical challenges related to cerebral palsy.
One of our patients, a nine-year-old boy with complications related to polio, is especially remarkable. And not because of his physical challenge. During the first day of screening, he sat patiently while people tended to those around him. I'd noticed him alone and expected a parent to return to his side so I could gather the intake information. After awhile, it was clear that he was alone.