Christy and Bev Brandwine
Ceele and her very tired mom. Ceele had extensive bowel surgery.
|Ceele and Mama|
Maria #1 Maria also had very extensive bowel surgery. She was 14 months old when she came to us and lived with us for 10 months.
|Maria # 1|
Maria#2 (below) also had bowel surgery, colostomy, rectal and vaginal repairs.
Jessica (below) 17 years later. Two trips to the US to repair her foot and leg.
|Bev Brandwine and Jessica|
So, 20 years of COTA.
19 medical missions, 15 scouting trips, 6 foster kids. 37 Ob-Gyn residents who are at least marginally better surgeons for having been here.
Its always a risk when you start naming people who have been important in your life because you always leave out someone. However, I want to mention Rosemary, Jody, Aida (yes, Aida), Henry, Roger, Bobby, Lisa, Anne, Diana and the many others I have had the honor to work with.
Don Cannon will carry on the Gyn program.
So many people come on a mission, say “Oh, thank you. This was really nice.” And are never heard from again. For others of us, it is a life-changing experience.
Thank you COTA.