There can be no success against The Backlog if we don't even know what we're up against. Too often, people charge in, guns-a-blazin' without making sure everyone involved—parents included—clearly understands the problem at hand.
But when it comes to serving children in Iraq, blowing through the diagnostics phase and cutting too soon can have tragic results, but that's one of the most exciting things about this 21st Remedy Mission—this mission, we'll focus on diagnostics.
This team's collective compassion and experience in diagnostics makes them extremely helpful to families here. They were recently able to look at the hearts of 17 children in Sulaymaniyah, and then the next day we drove to Halabja and looked at the hearts of nearly 40 more children.
In both cases, they gave detailed explanations to the parents, were patient to answer each of their questions, and made their recommendations for moving forward—go, stay, pursue surgery immediately, wait, medicate, send them back to school, etc.
By the end of this mission, the team will have a better understanding of the treatment children in this region need, and, with your help, we'll be able to help them get it soon!