Our Medical Missions Foundation Mali mission team was small, but our close collaboration with our partners in Dr. Oumar’s hospital means we worked as one unified and powerful team. This year Dr. Brandon Pomeroy operated with an entirely Malian team, each of whom he’s worked with over the years: Dr.Oumar, Dr. Diarra, Dr. Konate, nurse Samuel, steadfast Isaac as translator. Dr. Tammy Neblock-Beirne and RN Cassie Yano worked with Ibrahima Kodio, our long-time Malian coordinator, as translator. A Malian anesthesiologist and nurse anesthetist were brought in from Bamako. Kay Johnson provided pre-op, post-op, and PACU care, alongside 2 Malian nurses for post-op, with former-patient-turned-Medical Missions Foundation-translator-for-life Mohammed and Ibrahim Kanté alternating as translators. Jackson Pomeroy, Brandon’s son on his first mission, ably staffed the pharmacy with our regular pharmacy translator Adama and Ibrahim – Dr. Brandon created a handy “cheat sheet” of medicines, dosages and instructions for the team to relay as proscribed to clinic patients. Sophie O’Neal kept track of paperwork and schedules, screening and consent forms, and was a ‘runner’ for the doctors in between hospital, clinic, and pharmacy. Abigail Hayo kept us all under control – team, translators, drivers, accommodations and food, from village to hospital to marketplace to soccer field, Bamako to Dagabo to Ouéléssébougou.
3.5 days of surgery, a clinic in Dagabo, clinic patients seen in between surgeries. Results: 53 surgeries, 66 surgical consults, 93 clinic patients in Ouéléssébougou, 121 in Dagabo. Countless lives touched. Great work team!