In Their Own Words :: Luis Sandoval
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Orthopedic surgeon, served in Pakistan and Indonesia following the earthquakes.
was a great experience to be able to help. We arrived with our own
field hospitals, many of them tents equipped with x-rays and
ultrasound. On December 31st, it started to rain, and then the rain
turned to snow. It snowed so much the tents collapsed. Everyone went
outside to shovel snow off the tent and put it back up. It was an
unforgettable experience. I was operating on bone fractures resulting
from the earthquake. And we had to learn cricket and volleyball so we
could play with the people there. I cried when I left in April, and so
did many of the people there. Then a month later, the earthquake hit
Indonesia. We arrived there on the third and we were doing operations
on the 5th. We stayed three months. When the President of Indonesia
came to Cuba, he gave an award to us.
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