We had a wonderful day! Today was our first day of clinics and it could not have gone better. The setup was a bit slow as it was our first time doing it, but once we got everything ready the day moved by quickly. We were at a school and had 2 big classrooms on the second floor. It was a great space! With our hygienists in one room and the dentists in another we were able to clean everyone's teeth and send about 70% of them to see the dentists. Our darling Rebecca Hammond (12 yrs. old) immediately bonded with the children by playing with a red rubber ball we brought from home, jumping rope and painting finger nails. We love her! What a difference children make. Rebecca is fearless and friendly in ways that the rest of us are not.
We saw some amazing people with cases that were heart wrenching, but one woman touched many of us profoundly. She is pregnant and sat in the chair for almost 5 hours as Dr. Dale Behner did 2 root canals and a filling. The infection in her mouth was so bad it took many tries to numb the area and prepare her for the procedure. We all sat around encouraging her and taking care of her as much as we could. She was very submissive and never complained once except for saying several times how tired she was. I've posted some before and after pictures of her at the end of this post. We love the Dominican people! We are excited for 4 more days of clinics as we have now seen more than ever the need that the people here have.
We are excited for the day we have tomorrow as we head to the beautiful area of Samana. We will all sleep well tonight!
Dr. Allan Thomas and Team
Nate and Sara Huntsman
Dr. Tommy Nabors and Team
Matt Crane, Pat Horsley, Dru Powers, Tyler Powers
Nick and Dr. John Granados
Roy Jr., Jennifer and Rebecca Hammond
Dr. Jared & Ben Theurer
The pregnant women who sat in the chair all afternoon (unfortunately I don't know her name)
Dr. Dale & Lynn Behner - 4 hours into it