Patients still remained overnight at the hospital along with their carers, and were given food, chai and warm blankets for their stay. Staying overnight minimises the risks after surgery both from the environment and from other family members especially children playing boisterously, and allows the patients to remain under medical supervision for 12 more hours. The aim of the hospital staff is always to make the patients as comfortable as possible, and to ensure their bodies are given the best chance to heal that is possible.
The following morning, January 23rd, the patients are served a warm breakfast and chai, and afterwards their bandages are removed and the results of the surgery checked. The surgeries are all found to be successful and then medication instructions are given, as well as the medication itself, bread, dark glasses and puja items (Sai Maa’s photo, a crystal mala and a picture book of chants) being distributed to the patients. Before completing the camp, all patients and their carer are served a sweet and chai. After ensuring all questions are answered the patients and their carers return to their villages completely satisfied.
Throughout the discussions there is one older gentlemen listening intently. He is always sitting up tall and focussed on what is being said. When the patients begin to disperse he comes to the team. It turns out he is very hard of hearing, AND very independent. He does not want his son to know the medication instructions without him also knowing. So the camp assistant kindly and slowly shouts all the instructions directly into his ear. The assistant’s voice is VERY loud, but after listening intently this gentleman’s face lights up with understanding and he leaves very happy, smiling and talking loudly, all stress having left his face.