Saturday, June 22, 2013

Mindanao Healthcare Teams: Their First Circumcision

The healthcare teams had quite an experience- performing circumcisions. The oldest boy was 12, and there were 20 in all. Team members were excited, nervous and everything else you can imagine, but they performed wonderfully.

The procedure takes anywhere from 15-30 minutes, and is done as a rite of passage to manhood for a Filipino male (hence the man taking a video in the second picture). It also helps prevent infection, and the teams perform the procedure for free as a community outreach tool. It usually costs a pretty peso in the city clinic, which is not always affordable or accessible to the villagers.

It was a daunting task for college students, even ones who are mostly pre-med and nursing majors. But through prayer and steady hand, they performed well. Needless to say, it was an experience unlike any other the team had before.

Here are a few pictures (no video, and nothing graphic) from the day, and the thoughts of some of the healthcare members.

Brian & the healthcare teams