6 results for author: Emily Tignor


Philippines 2017 – Changes

I am currently somewhere over Canada on the transcontinental flight home with my feet curled underneath me cramped in a small Economy seat in row 36. Fighting back the sleep that I so desperately want but that I so desperately must wait for in order to minimize jet lag, I begin to reflect back on the trip experience as a whole. I do not have all of the statistics in my head, but I know that we performed over 40 surgeries (most major) and donated thousands of dollars of supplies. Obviously those are the main reasons for the trip, but my mind can’t help but wander elsewhere, somewhere deeper within. It’s as if a part of me has changed – a part ...

Philippines 2017 – Gifts

Gifts, gifts, gifts: today was a day of great appreciation - from us to the local people and from them to us. We went to a kindergarten and met many children who I think are destined to be child models. Singing the ABCs and happy birthday song, we taught them how to wash their hands appropriately. We also handed out watches and other fun accessories which sent them dancing around the school in a full-out party. Others on our team also had tasks related to children in the hospital as we worked together to remove a neck mass in a 7 year old child. He'd had the mass since birth and it concerned his family significantly. Through delicate dissection, we ...

Philippines 2017 – Reflections

I sit here at the end of the day: exhausted. Exhausted not in the way that you want to tear out your hair with frustration, but in the way that you sit pool-side dangling your feet in the cool water and sigh with complete satisfaction after a full day’s work. Today was filled with operating and seeing the results of our work from past surgeries. One case today was a deaf-mute 28 year old female with a large thyroid mass that was larger than my entire hand. The mass had been growing for years and had distorted her neck so much that it was completely disfigured. We were able to remove the mass and preserve all normal structures in her neck. ...

Philippines 2017 – Rainy Day

We awoke to a slight rain in the morning. Little did we know, we would be hurtling through the city in a torrential downpour riding in a public ambulance later in the day. Our group completed many cases throughout the day including three ENT cases and many more general surgery cases. One of the patients was a middle aged lady with several years of a slowly-growing neck mass. Work-up indicated that the mass was coming from her thyroid. Today we were able to successfully remove the very inflamed thyroid gland and make her neck symmetrical again.   Another highlight of the day was an incredible distribution of over 800 pairs of glasses to ...

Philippines 2017 – So It Begins

Today was a day of many different events even though we all started the day the same: a flag-raising ceremony with lots of singing.  For the rest of the day, some of us spent our time organizing the equipment for the OR after most of our much-needed supplies arrived.  Others spent time visiting with children and parents in the hospital and dispensing necessary items such as children’s clothing, educational packets about breastfeeding, and antibacterial soap.  The final group made the pilgrim voyage to the OR itself starting with a “simple” neck mass in a 14 year old boy.   We originally believed this mass to be a simple cyst; ...

Philippines 2017 – Greetings from Bohol

We have started out our journey, traveling from many different places including Kansas City, Houston, and Beijing to meet in Manila and together travel to Bohol.  The bags have arrived and we have all safely made the trip to our destination.  The welcome to the country was wonderful with locally made shell necklaces for all.  A delicious and fresh lunch was provided by our gracious hosts and we were able to enjoy it with an honored guest: the mayor of Taglibaran.    We were able to meet some of our future patients and see the facilities as well as collaborate with local physicians and surgeons who are helping make this entire ...