Arrival in Manila, cargo behind us.
Our first view of the Philippines. A Manila drainage canal.
In Manila, we visit the WWII cemetery.
We arrive in Manila.
Arriving Kalibo, Aklan, 1988
Frank Dann, Pete Roney, Art Salcedo, Elenita Alvarez, George Nardin, Fred Pacpaco, Jorge Camara, Amy Jacang, Peter Johnson, Ernesto Espaldon, Gov Cabagnot, Ramon Sy, Quentin Uy
Drs. George Nardin, Jorge Camara, Ramon Sy and ?
Our plane in Kalibo.
Fred and the Black Beauty Boys.
Amelia and Quintin.
Two beauties meet us at the airport.
The Black Beauty Boys. Yes, that's their name.
We collect the supplies.
Our drive to the hospital.
We stay at the agricultural college dorms.
Bill Lantz in cultural shock.
I sleep (unnecessarily) under a mosquito net the first few nights. Just in case.
My first view of a caribau.
We will eat this food! It's good.
Elenita, Jimmy Wong, and Ernesto Espaldon.
We check out the hospital the first day.
The medical clinic sees about 1000 patients a day. I do about 20 surgeries in the week.
Bill: the nurse anesthetist.
The only xray view box is the window.
My first case in the Philippines: a gunshot wound to the abdomen 20 hours old. We jury-rig a chest tube with suction, and I open his belly. The bullet has perforated the esophagus and has penetrated the vertebral body. He's lucky, his spinal cord is uninjured. I leave the bullet in. One week later, he's doing fine, but I leave for home and never find out whether he ultimately survives. It's been 18 years. He'd be about 42 now.
He missed his heart by 1 cm, tearing the pericardium.
An ovariar cyst.
An advanced breast cancer.
An advanced breast cancer. Inoperable.
A large inguinal hernia. He'll walk out after the repair done under local anesthesia.
Goiters in men have higher risk of cancer.
A typical goiter.
Bill Lantz helps me debride a bad leg.
I test my headlight.
Me battling a goiter.
This trickle was the max water pressure we had to scrub. I think, is the water really clean at all?
Wheeling the first patient in.
After the case, we're ready to move the patient out.
Post op, we have to carry the patients out by hand because the exit door is too small to allow a guerney to pass.
Out the door to recovery.
My recreation between cases is a slide down a slipper ramp floor.