Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Comments on the Alaska Surgical Team by Wendy (Scarborough) Taihuttu


...A week ago we had a surgical team come to work with us from Alaska.

They stayed for two weeks operating on over forty of our patients.

(There is still many listed and waiting for another chance.) This was

a huge blessing. There has been no local surgeon on the island for a

while and even if there was our patients or our organisation could

not have afforded the surgery offered by this team. This was a time of miracles.

We worked with the local hospital and our staff were all able to

learn a lot as the team taught us so much. They were fantastic and

touched so many lives. The few weeks had alot of backup work

beforehand which was tiring but well worth it. So many people were

blessed by this team including me but at the same time it was the

hardest time I have ever had. Seeing all the patients and working

along side the Doctor was emotionally exhausting. Many of our

patients had waited months some years for surgery. These are people

with families and have come to us over and over with hope. Some of

these people I had to explain that surgery could not help them and without a miracle they would not be here much longer.

This is hard enough when we have to give news like this to maybe a

patient a week at the clinic but to be telling several patients often

friends this daily was exhausting. This was an amazing time but

requires strength. The team plans to come back yearly. This saves

lives, teaches all our staff new lessons and touches everyone. We

thank God so so much for this.

Please pray for continued strength always. Pray for those patients

who had surgery and for those who did not get surgery. Please pray

also for our local team as there are so many needs and always so much to do.

Ayu is doing well, she has settled in good and her mother has just

egreed to let her stay with us for as long as she wants. This is an

answer to prayer as Ayu loves being here, wants to stay forever and we love her.

Thank you so much for your prayers. It is really appreciated. Thank you

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