I asked her mama if there would be a party for her, she shook her head no. She probably figured getting rid of the ache that makes her daughter cry at night would be present enough. Maybe birthdays aren't as big a deal in a country where school is an hour paddle on the river and town is twice that far. Sonya lives in the village of Blackwater and was just one of many who needed rotten teeth removed. She did smile for me later.
These untiring dentists relieved the pain of many. They worked steady for five days with very few breaks.
She squeezed. And I felt helpful. It was a special moment. Love you Sue. You did real good.
One older lady had her very last tooth removed. I'm sure it will be easier for her to mash the rice.
We saw more than 200 patients. And removed at least 300 teeth, probably more.
Every child received a lesson in brushing and tooth care.
We made a difference.