Posted on August 14, 2011


landed in a grey, cold, wet Lima, but arrived with a very friendly hug- one that actually lifted me right up and outta the airport (backpack on, i might add!) And he would’ve taken me all the way to the taxi had i not asked to be placed back on my feet… I felt this trip was gonna test me on just that- staying grounded, specifically because of the circumstances… This quote i read right before leaving was quite appropriate for the trip:

“What’s difficult in life is to stay centered when somebody does or says something that tempts us to close our hearts because their heart was closed. That is hard. But that is also how we grow. We go through those circumstances in order to evolve into people who can hold to our loving center no matter what the world throws us.” – Marianne Williamson

This was my intention- to remain centered, to remain open, to enjoy myself, and above all, to purposefully aid in the medical mission i was to help document.

The medical mission provided free reconstructive surgery for children with severe burn injuries. Not only were we able to meet the children as the doctor screened them, checking the severity of the burns, but we were also allowed complete, uncensored access to ALL surgeries and rooms and preps and conversations! Though i did have a few squeemish moments, I knew this was a moment to use these big eyes of mine…

screening – if hands were burnt, did the kid’s fingers all extend and bend normally? was their skin melted and mend taut as to prevent them from reaching their arms straight up in the air? these were the things the doctor checked. His purpose was to reconstruct areas where the child had mobility restrictions, usually causing pain and discomfort in those areas. It was real a treat to meet these children, all with such corageous and bright spirits.

surgeries – all scrubbed in, patient prepped, without seeing the child’s face, i tried to remember the scars from the time of screening… what intimate privilege to be present in, not only with the children, but with the doctor, as well… my words dont really suffice, and as much as i would like to, i don’t think the O.R. photos are appropriate to post. So, i’ll just share a few here.

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