Costa Rica Day One, The Clinic.
The waiting room was a mix of excitement and nerves. Some of these 24 families have been waiting anxiously for more than a year for us to arrive. And some have been blessed with excellent timing - there are three newborns who will be operated on, one born just yesterday. The CTO surgeons examined and diagnosed each patient and came up with the surgical schedule for next week. Director of Patient Relations Eva Levitt (pictured) helped to bring on the smiles and lighten things up. Nine surgeons, three operating rooms. By this time next week all of these children will have received the surgical treatment they need to greatly improve their quality of life.