Surgery Screening/Prep at St. Elizabeth Hospital

The first international flight of my life was less than 24 hours ago for the Phil Simon Clinic Tanzania Project. Fatigue from a very long flight was masked by the excitement of seeing patients in Arusha on day one at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. Life-altering surgeries will soon be performed by a talented group of doctors whom I had the honor of shadowing as a pre-medical student. As a young mother when I had my twins, I think about the importance of access to care that can correlate with overall quality of life. Some of the children seen today did not have access to care to treat accidental and preventable injuries. As our team prepares to perform these procedures, their stories will stay with me as I continue to pursue my dream of becoming a medical doctor.

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