***Originally Posted on Ka Hui Ho’olauna Page***
During the first day of the mission, Debbie and I met a young woman who came in the hospital with a bump above her spine. It was diagnosed as a Lipoma- a benign tumor composed of fatty tissue. Her name was Krisensha Ramos, a mother of three girls who came in with her longtime friend. Ramos’s husband worked as a construction worker and like most people in Tuguegarao, could not afford the surgery that would have required thousands of pesos. Since the surgery dealt with her spine, the surgeons decided it would be better to perform the lipoma extraction the following day. The next day, we followed her through the operating room.