Eight: My Plans For the Near Future and Prospective Visitors to the Sierra Madre
My present plans are to remain in California until the latter part of September, long enough to see Martín started in school, and then to return to the villages.
In November, a team of four plastic surgeons, headed by Dr. Don Laub, Head of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Palo Alto Stanford Hospital will be driving to Sinaloa to operate on financially poor patients with cleft lip, and on congenital and burn deformities. It is still uncertain whether they will conduct their operations in the State Capital of Culiacán or in San Ignacio, but in either case, complete authorization has already been obtained, via my friend Guillermo Ruiz Gómez, with sanction from the governor and the Head of Health and Welfare for the State. As I did for Dr. Bock, I plan to make rounds of the villages, ahead of time to notify those who may benefit from operations.
A team of four plastic surgeons will operate on financially poor patients with cleft lip, and on congenital and burn deformities.
During the time I am in the barrancas this Autumn, arrangements are being made for a group of Pacific High School students to come down and spend a month in the villages. This time, the primary objective will be to learn Spanish, although a great deal more should be learned incidentally. The plan is that each student will live, eat, sleep, work, and communicate as well as is he/she is able with the family he or she stays with. The students will, of course, be paying for their own food plus a little extra, so that the experience should be of advantage to them. The students who so choose will also have the chance to take turns helping me with my work in the dispensaries and other activities. If this experiment works well, it may be repeated in the Spring. My ulterior motive is that it also brings me a little salary, which is useful.