We landed on Wednesday night, June 13th in Kansas City, MO. Jonah had a scheduled appointment with a pediatric orthopedic hand surgeon on June 14th at a children’s hospital (Children’s Mercy). The nurse who needed to remove the bandages could see how tense Jonah was getting about the bandage removal. She commented that she’ll soak it in the pain free solution and he should know all about that. We explained to her that in Cameroon they did the best they could with what they had available to them and they didn’t have the solution to soak the bandages. She couldn’t believe it and couldn’t imagine the pain that he had gone through. She promised him that if she caused him pain, he could kick her. No kicking happened and it was a pain free removal. They x-rayed his hand with a machine that can take 360 degree x-rays, unlike the flat over the top only x-ray that was available in Cameroon. The side views of the x-rays showed the extent of the damage. When the surgeon came in to show us the x-rays and talk about treatment, she explained that he needed surgery and she didn’t want to waste any time. His surgery was scheduled for the very next day, June 15th.
We are so thankful that we have the opportunity to have him seen by surgeons and medical facilities that have the latest in technology. Our hearts are heavy for those in Cameroon who can’t seek further medical treatment when things can’t be fully repaired.