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June 24, 2011

Batam, Indonesia: July 16-23, 2011

Hairul Sukaime, , Program Coordinator

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On behalf of co-Program Coordinators Melissa Hodges and Rachel Woon and the rest of the volunteers who made up Team Batam, I would like to record our sincerest gratitude to everyone who made the recently concluded Kepri-Singapore Friendship Mission at Rumah Sakit Awal Bros hospital such a success.

We evaluated a total of 180 patients on July 17, some who had travelled from the edges of the Kepri (Kepulauan Riau) province (itself made up of some 3,200 islands) to make it to Batam.

 

Mother Receives Surgery Alongside Her Baby

27-year-old Len Nan Undawati and her one-year-old baby Jovan Jovandra left their home in Pulau Jemaja Timur four days before we began screening. First, they had to travel by boat to the island of Natuna before flying to Batam.

“We were lucky the tide was in our favor that day,” Undawati said. “If not it would have taken us longer to get here.”

Both mother and child were among the 104 who successfully underwent surgery during surgery week and returned to Awal Bros hospital for post-op care.

Undawati and Jovandra were officially discharged following post-op and were looking forward to returning home.

“When we heard about the team of doctors coming to Batam, I told my husband that we have to travel there to get their help,” Undawati said. “I am forever grateful to the doctors and everyone else who organized the mission.”

 

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June 18, 2011

Batam, Indonesia: July 16-23, 2011

Melissa Hodges, Program Coordinator Operation Smile

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We finished our first day of surgery operating on 20 patients. We had a successful first day with no medical incidents. We are very pleased with the results for today.

One of our most touching stories of the day is that we were able to provide surgery and repair the clefts of both a mother and her child. The child had surgery first. Mom was able to see her baby recover and lit up with a smile, before going in for surgery herself.

We also had a few guest appearances today. The Governor of Batam stopped by today. He was impressed with our work.

Due to the patient turnout and the fact that we had to turn many patients away, he agreed to support Operation Smile more for future missions in Batam. We were also graced with the presence of the lovely, Ibu Pop. Pop arrived with her normal splendor, greeting each patient with her calming and grandmotherly persona. She will remain with us for the next few days.

We are looking forward to our second day of surgery tomorrow with 23 cases scheduled. In total, we currently have 100 patients scheduled for surgery, 20 of them having received surgery today. We do have a list of standby cases as well.

 

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June 17, 2011

Batam, Indonesia: July 16-23, 2011

Hairul Sukaime, Program Coordinator, Operation Smile Singapore

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On behalf of the team, I'm pleased to share with you highlights from screening from Rumah Sakit Awal Bros in Batam.

We had several arrivals today to complement the bulk of the volunteer team that checked in on Saturday.

Special thanks to all the 177 patients from Batam and the rest of the Kepri region for their patience throughout the entire screening day.

We had enormous help from volunteers representing the PSMTI (Paguyuban Sosial Marga Tionghua Indonesia) Batam group. Made of students and GPs, they facilitated with patient movement and Bahasa Indonesia-English translation to ensure a much smoother screening day for everyone.

Also a big high-five to our Student Chapter team from Operation Smile Singapore and our Charity Champions from the RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland) Singapore office. Although they were only here for the day, they managed to visit both the mission hospital and the patient shelter, the Asrama Haji to meet the patients and their families.

By the end of the day, we had scheduled a total of 100 surgeries for the upcoming four surgery days with the first 20 spending the night at the pre-op ward.

I would like to record our appreciation to the entire team at Rumah Sakit Awal Bros, PSMTI, the Student Chapter of Operation Smile, the Charity Champions from RBS and everyone else who made the day such a resounding success.

 

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June 16, 2011

Batam, Indonesia: July 16-23, 2011

Melissa Hodges, Program Coordinator

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We were able to provide surgery and repair the clefts of both a mother and her child. The child had surgery first. Mom was able to see her baby recover and lit up with a smile, before going in for surgery herself.

Today the majority of our team arrived. The arrivals went smoothly today and we had a nice, brief tour at the hospital with the first group. Tonight we had a welcome dinner at the hotel. The team was joined by some of our local supporters and coordinators who have been integral to the in-country logistics.

They have helped in arranging patient logistics (recruitment, transportation, shelter, food) as well as myriad of other things. They have been a huge help to Hairul and I over the past three days. We were also joined by the Singapore Counsel in Batam and the hospital staff. It was great to introduce them to the team. They have also been very involved with medical mission planning.

After enjoying dinner, Hairul and I lead the pre-screening meeting by having everyone come up to introduce themselves and collect their mission t-shirt.

During the meeting we spent a good amount of time discussing mission specific and screening specific logistics. We have our screening flow and room allocation confirmed so it should be a smooth start to the morning.

Since we are expecting to screen 176+ patients tomorrow we are going to be as efficient as possible while still being thorough. We will have the patients transported over to the hospital in small groups throughout the day to cut down on crowding and confusion.

We plan on announcing the surgery schedule at 5pm and also gathering the surgery day 1 patients at this time for NPO orders, to reiterate the informed consent, and check them in for pre-op.

We are looking forward to a busy and successful day tomorrow.

 

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