Operation Walk Pittsburgh Update #3: Sunday, August 23, 2009
Posted Aug 24 2009 10:24pm
Today was the
first full day of surgery for the Operation Walk team in Antigua, Guatemala.
inside one of the four operating rooms being used
started operating at 7:30 a.m. and didn't finish the last case until 6
p.m. Although it was a long day in
the operating room, much was accomplished. The team was able to complete 18 total joint replacements on
12 different patients (6 patients received bilateral replacements).
DiGioia and Physician Assistant Mike Hallahan work on a total knee replacement.
Weiss, Dr. Anton Plakseychuk and Physician Assistant Duane Chess operate on a
surgery the patients were transferred to the nursing unit where they will rest
overnight and then begin physical therapy in the morning.
and their families have been very appreciative and grateful for the Operation
Walk team's work in Guatemala. One
patient said that it was "a miracle from heaven" that the Operation
Walk team came to Antigua. Another
patient's family approached a team member with tears in her eyes then hugged
and thanked them for giving her loved one a chance to walk again! It is moments like these that reaffirm
the work being done and the tremendous impact the team is making in the lives
of the Guatemalan people.