The Italian medical mission was with us at the Cardiac Center for about a week. The doctors started to do open heart surgery the day after their arrival. They completed operations on 10 children between the ages of 1 month to 16years old. It was a 100% successful mission.
There was a mother of a two year old girl who I had the chance to converse with about my mission service to St Elizabeth Cardiac Center. She expressed her gratitude and said, "You put a smile on our face with what you are doing. You know having a sick child is not easy because we have to bring her to the doctor many times and it costs a lot of money; then we have to travel from Yaounde to come here for my daughter's operation. You truly give us happiness knowing that you volunteer to help this hospital. God bless you for what you do." I was truly tearful to hear that someone appreciates my mission.
We are blessed that there is one German pediatrician, Dr Matthias, who came with the Italian team. He was our, what we call, intensivist , meaning he is with our patients for many hours every day as if he is their private doctor. He is truly very good and smart in taking care of each patient. He even extended his stay for three days after the Italians left. What a treat to witness this kind of situation and a re-enforcement to my mission.