Spanish, Puerto Rican and Andorran Team, Eruwa 18-27 MARCH 2010
It was incredible! is all we can say. We began our project when I first came to Eruwa, in June 2009, when we decided to undertake part of our work after talking with Dr. Awojobi. The Foundation Dr. Ramon Vilallonga has been involved in many projects, but since we met Dr. Awojobi, we cleary decided to continue this colaboration. On this ocasion, we met, a group of five people, from three different countries, Puerto Rico (Dr. Vangie Teixidor), Andorra (Mr. Josep Maria Puy) and Spain (Dr. Candy Semeraro, Miss Cristina Andreu and myself, Dr. Ramon Vilallonga), at the airpot of Lagos.
We arrived late in the evening and we were met at the airport by the team from the Clinic who took us in the clinic’s bus to Eruwa the next morning after spending the night in Lagos. The same day of our arrival, we began surgeries. Hernias of course. Baba, the person in charge of the theater and assistant for us, has been working a lot, and in a very efficient way. Accommodation was very changed since the last time. We did not stay at the town s hotel anymore, but at the clinic. Two houses were fixed for us. Perfect! We have repaired many hernias. Cristina, our scrub nurse, has taught Shakira, a local nurse who helps with the surgeries. Candy and I have taught some trainee residents and specially Daso, who is now perfectly able to perform a hernia repair with mesh. We were very pleased about that. The Awojobi familiy, as usual, has been very helpful and kind. No need to say that again. We have been treated like kings. Vangie even wanted to taste the local food we did.
As usual, we did a nice visit to the neighbourhood school. All the kids were so happy and excited. It was a great experience and we enjoyed it a lot. Sweets, pencils and a ball were offered to the kids. We can still hear the shouts of happiness.
We have continued treating Kundus, the little boy who got burnt almost one year ago. With material from our hospital, we changed the dressing every two days and he is improving but it is going to be very slow, as the burns are so extensive. Candy made a fantastic doll for him and Joe, an ambulance.
We also had the opportunity to assist Dr. Awojobi in his elective and emergency surgeries: testicular torsions, recurrent laparotomy hernia repairs, humerus realignment, thyroidectomies an experience.
Finally, we also laid the first stone of the future Ramon Vilallonga Puy Ibarapa Hernia Center. An incredible experience. We wish to continue in this way, trying to improve heath care in Nigeria. We hope to come back soon.
Dr. Ramon Vilallonga