People sometimes ask us, "So, what happens to these kids after surgery?"
It's a great question, but it isn't easily answered. Thanks to you and our partners, we're now providing exponentially more surgeries than we did during our early years. What once was 20 children per year is now 20 children per mission—over 300 children this year alone!
With that kind of volume, it's difficult to keep up with all the families we help. But we still work to follow up with as many as we can; to make sure they don't slip through the cracks. But the nature of that Followthrough has changed.
Now we spend time encouraging local doctors to follow up with families, reminding them to call families for post-operative check-ups.
And, due to safety concerns, it's often easier for families to come see us at the hospital (the last thing we want is to disrespect our hosts!).
Going cowboy and riding a taxi into downtown Fallujah to visit a family is not a good way to maintain relationships with partners and friends of the program.
One misstep could lead to someone getting hurt, the program getting canceled, and children not getting their hearts fixed—not something we're willing to risk.
So we're tip-toeing into these home visits with care, and Hussain was our first. Stay tuned for (hopefully) many more to come!