The group of more than 20 volunteers are in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia with Restor International providing free reconstructive surgery to disadvantaged children and adults.
By Carmen Weld |
A group of dedicated volunteers are currently in Ethiopia providing life-changing medical care, and they are having some fun too.
The group shared a video with Castanet this week of a impromptu ball hockey game in an Ethiopian hallway.
The group of more than 20 volunteers, including 12 from Kelowna, are in Bahir Dar with Restor International providing free reconstructive surgery to disadvantaged children and adults.
The team includes plastic surgeons, anesthetists, pediatricians, nurses, non-medical volunteers and an occupational therapist.
In the video above, youth ambassador Matthew Williamson plays a game of mini-sticks with post-operative children from the mission.
“We gathered several boxes of toys including mini-sticks, balls, bouncy balls, soccer balls, bracelets/jewelry, crayons, coloring books, clothing, etc., to give to the children. It looks like mini-sticks have been a hit with the kids,” explains Heather King with Restor.
“What a hit this was, actually there was no checking as all of the children are post-operative, but everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Matthew Williamson is also seen exhibiting some fancy stick-handling moves.”
Williamson, 16, is the very first youth ambassador to go on one of Restor International’s Ethiopian missions.
His trip is being called the “ultimate take your son to work day,” as he gets to watch his father Dr. David Williamson, an Okanagan plastic surgeon, work under some pretty extraordinary circumstances.
“Matthew aspires to be like his father and to perhaps follow in his footsteps one day,” writes Restor.
To read more about their journey in Ethiopia check out the mission blog here.
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