Perhaps it is because I remember so fondly making house calls with my dad, Dr. Raymond Buganski. Perhaps because it gives me a chance to see the homes and families in their everyday settings. Perhaps because it allows for greater personal contact. But I love making home visits!
Dr. Gary, Gladys and I drove 90 minutes (2/3 of the way driving 10 mph because of poor roads) to visit José in Juleque. Thirteen year old José who was born with stumps for arms and legs received new legs from Dr. John Lane and his donors. Unfortunately, José was not home. We did talk to his grandmother, his two aunts and several cows!
This 80 year old woman is perhaps the most charming person that I have ever met! I told her that I wanted to live in her house in heaven! She has spent her life caring for her daughter, now 44, who has cerebral palsy. This was my first time to meet this family who live close to the clinic, and I promised to pay future visits.
Our group of six also visited Nieve and her baby. Neive lives very close to the clinic with her father and two young boys in one of the poorest homes I have seen. She and has some mental deficiencies and likely a very, very sad life story. Her mother, who died about 1.5 ago, was the caregiver for the family. There is really no one to replace her. It is one of those cases where we feel that there is very little that we can actually do except visit and bring baby formula for the now 18 month old child.
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012