I’m spending this week with some beloved friends, colleagues, and, of course, my beautiful Colombian patients. Being here, in the hot sun with the gentle brisa caribeña, working in humble facilities, with these babies and children and their families, it really reminds me of what medicine is all about. At its core. Without all the marketing and commercialization and insurance games. I’m taking care of patients who need me – and really, I need them.
Seeing patients that I repaired a year ago is a truly gratifying experience. Babies who couldn’t feed and weren’t gaining weight are now healthy-looking and growing. Some who couldn’t speak are learning how to use their reconstructed palates. And finally, kids who couldn’t smile now beam with joy. This is really a two-way street, though. What I take home, the feeling that I get being here and doing this work, is their gift to me.
Below is a one year follow up of one of my favorite patients – tan feliz que casi no puede contenerlo! To see more photos, visit the gallery on our website and check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SFPlasticSurgery.