La Paz, Bolivia -- Jennifer Scroggins, assistant director of communications
One of my favorite patients on this trip so far is 5-year-old Jesus. He came to the hospital last week with his parents and immediately charmed all of us, offering kisses on the cheek to all of the female nurses and volunteers in sight.
Oscar, who has down's syndrome, was also born with a trigger thumb -- meaning his thumb was essentially locked so that it could not be flexed or extended. Dr. Jorge Terrazas and our volunteer surgeon, Dr. Jonathan Rausky, released a tendon pulley in the thumb so he could extend and use it normally. It was a very short procedure, but it will completely change Oscar's ability to use his hand effectively.
A couple of days later, Oscar's father (also named Oscar) brought him back in to the hospital to see volunteer hand therapist Tom Taylor and have his dressings removed. Little Oscar is doing great, and Tom gave his father some tips to ensure that Oscar will gain strength in his thumb.
Before leaving, Oscar gave us all a big kiss and a thumbs up, and then pumped his fist in the air for Club Bolívar, his favorite soccer club. His father, who obviously takes great care of his son, expressed how grateful he and his wife are for the surgery ReSurge provided for Oscar.
I was a bit sad to see our little friend leave, but I'm glad he is doing so well and wish him and his family all the best.