My Christmas Present

Dr Jorge Palacios just gave me the most wonderful Christmas present.  I was with Dr Palacios in Ecuador on a visiting educator trip where we were training young surgeons to do cleft lip and palate surgery.  One of the patients was a 45 year old woman with an unrepaired cleft lip.  Dr Palacios assigned her care to me.  in 45 minutes I was able to repair her lip-  a 45 minute operation for which she had waited 45 years !!  I am so grateful that I was able to do this for her.   She will be able to smile at her children and her husband for the first time .  To be given a chance to help another person like this is priceless.

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