Story posted June 18, 2010
Dr. Theresa Hadlock '90, part of a team of doctors and nurses working in Quito, Ecuador, to provide treatment for microtia — a congenital defect that results in the absence of one or both ears — is featured in the Boston Globe article, "I Feel Happy At Last To Be Like Other Children."
Hadlock is director of the Facial Nerve Center at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She and the rest of the medical mission recently returned from their latest trip, during which they provided 76 patients with new ears.
An excerpt from the article:
Each day, the surgical schedule starts at 8 a.m. and may not end until 10 p.m. Hadlock takes the patients under local anesthesia, since she can speak to them in Spanish. "Tienes dolor?'' Do you have pain? "Estas haciendo muy bien.'' You're doing very well. Hadlock gets nods, an occasional question — and the middle finger from one boy who has had it with all the shots.
The team has long marveled over the stoicism of the children, who silently offer up their arms for intravenous lines. "We could never do this in the States,'' says Hadlock, 40. "In the States, you'd be chasing them around the room.''