My goal today is to attempt to capture the ministry of SewHope at the clinic in Santa Ana. SewHope rents a five room house (large by standards). The clinics take place here, the medications and supplies are stored here, and Orfe's youth group meets here. It is known in the area as a place where a person can find compassion and love.
We have one gynocologist, two fourth year medical students, an interpreter, Ismael and Orfe who help in multiple areas, Franklin, Anita and me. This is the third day of clinic
The team was able to assist 45 women this day. About half of these women came in various stages of pregnancy for a regular pre-natal visit. Every pregnant woman was assisted to begin to think about a plan if complications occurred during her delivery. A molar pregnancy was discovered in a woman who had no complaints; Dr. Anne and Orfe sent her to the hospital with a letter. Many received consult regarding anemia. Others came for a regular pap smear or dysmenorrhea. A few received medications.
A sad story:
As the rest of the team set up for this, the third day of clinic in Santa Ana for the women, Dr. Anne, Orfe, and Ismael met with a woman and her husband. It was only yesterday that Dr. Anne had discovered an advanced stage of cancer in the 34 year old woman and mother. Little can be done, but HOPE still prevails. The woman was surrounded by care and prayer....and will continue to be in the minds and hearts of us all as she walks her final journey.
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012