12 November 2007

*Operating theatre. Mae Sot General Hospital. Mae Sot, Thailand. Nov. 12 - 16, 2007.

*Working now during surgery week in the Mae Sot General Hospital. Week of Nov. 12 - 16, 2007. It is a joy to work in this first class facility, with A/C in the OR's, and all the anemities of a westernized hospital. Plenty of chow in the staff breakroom with of course Thai cuisine. I've worked in some very extreme situations, and it's sometimes been a challenge. During the week, I'll try a few different things photographically and photojournalistically. Also want to do a bit of audio recording for a SoundSlides presentation on Dr. Rafael Gottenger, a Venezuelan plastic surgeon whom I worked with ten years on Operation Smile's World Journey of Hope. He's given me complete access in his OR during surgery, as all the Op Smile surgeons have during a mission. *(Try that back in the States.) Followed the first child he operated on yesterday, so that'll be a nice piece on one child's journey through screening, surgery and recovery in these first days. This is why we've traveled to the mission, as there are feelings, emotions, sounds and special moments that make it all worth while for all us that put so much into volunteering for Operation Smile. -CG.
Here are a few images from the first two days here in operating rooms and wards:

Anesthesiologist Dee Bambrough of Utah prepares his equipment in an operating room at Mae Sot General Hospital in Mae Sot, Thailand on Sunday, November 11, 2007. Surgery begins tomorrow. © Chet Gordon for Operation Smile
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Surgery days:
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