Dr. Sawyer Serving with Samaritan's Purse

Dr. Sawyer Serving with Samaritan's Purse
Papua New Guinea

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Back breaking surgery...

 For all of my medical friends out there following this blog, today it is my desire to show you the level of difficulty of the surgeries here.  Also, even more so, to all of those of you who contributed to the purchase of the ultrasound machine, it is being put to tremendous use to help women and their babies.

The first photograph is of me scanning a patient prior to surgery on the operating table.  She has large uterine fibroids and has never been able to conceive a baby and needs to have a myomectomy to remove the fibroids so that she can conceive.  Her uterus can be felt nearly up to her xiphoid.
 We made an incision from the top to the bottom of her abdomen and lifted her uterus up into our hands and rested it on her abdomen.  After four hours of back breaking surgery, we had removed 38 fibroids weighing 5.2 pounds.  

And here I am at the end of the surgery closing her uterus.  I am very grateful to report that at the next day she is recuperating very well.  We showed her the pictures from the surgery.  She kept thanking us over and over.  I am overwhelmed with her gratitude.

Thank you again to all of you who contributed for us to be here; for the ultrasound machine; for our expenses, and for all of the medical and surgical supplies that we brought with us.  We could not be here and do what we do if it were not for your generosity and prayers.  


  1. Hi, I was under your care on that day, 17th July. you, Dr Rebekka Ross and the team, am grateful for what you did, now I can do normal activities, thank you. God bless you all.