By Jennifer Browning
HINCHE, Haiti—When Nicholas George walked into the government hospital last year, he showed a noticeable mass underneath his long shorts.
George, diagnosed with elephantiasis of the groin, had been carrying the 35 pound mass for 17 years. Zanmi Lasante Hospital in Cange referred him to Project Medishare’s surgical team who were working here in Hinche last July. Drs. Viraj Master and Jana MacLeod performed the difficult six and a half hour surgery, which proved to be a success.
Before returning for another surgical trip Master and MacLeod asked staff at Hinche to make sure George returned for follow-up. George returned with and notified the doctors that while he was much better after the removal of such a mass, that there were two remaining sutures irritating him.
The doctors applied a local anesthetic and removed the sutures. George once again expressed how thankful he was to Project Medishare and the Emory surgeons who helped him get his life back to normal.