The initial entrance into Zimbabwe took months of praying, planning and preparing. Everything centered on the medical screening day at Parirenyatwa Hospital on Father’s Day, June 18, 2017. Thirty medical students from the University of Zimbabwe volunteered at registration desks, with nurses and physicians at each station to assist the 149 patients who arrived at the medical camp.
The doors to the hospital opened at 8 a.m. for the patients. When the LWR administration team and volunteers arrived at 6 a.m. for set up, there was already a line of 20 craniofacial patients who had arrived for the medical screening. With the cool temperatures that morning, changes were made to the flow of patients and a hot breakfast and tea were served first. A total of 149 patients entered the medical camp, with 46 patients who were screened and referred outside for non-facial disorders. Each patient proceeded from pediatrician to surgeon to anesthesiologist and lab work. Due to illnesses or abnormal lab results, the list narrowed to a total of 60 patients for surgery beginning from Monday and ending on Saturday.
Out of these patients, 52 surgeries were conducted by India’s surgical team with six surgeries to be completed by the Zimbabwean surgical team, who were training with the Team India surgeons throughout the week. There were a total of 32 lip repairs completed, and 20 palate repairs on 44 children and 8 adults from the medical camp.
We were overwhelmed to learn that the majority of the 100 volunteers heard the vision and mission of LWR only once and were moved to action! The administrative team of LWR was hosted by Revival Ministries International, a church led by Bishop Joshua Chiweda.
Dr. Matthew Wazara, president of Zimbabwe’s surgical society and pastor of Faith Ministries, also partnered with LWR in hospitality of the patients and the volunteers. Dr. Adore Danda, LWR’s Africa liaison, orchestrated the hospital officials, pharmacists, doctors and suppliers to bring together the medical camp. Together with our lead logistician, Neriser Sibanda, we could join together with the psalmist, “This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.” To God be the glory, nothing is impossible with Him!
- A report by Susan Mathews