Isaac is the Malian nurse that works with me doing anesthesia for our OR cases. He has been a nurse for over 15 years and used to work at a clinic in a small village. Because of this background, the guy can do a little bit of everything. He does anesthesia, occasionally does prenatal consults, schmoozes the local government hospital and governmental officials to keep us in their good graces, and I’ve seen him deliver a baby on the OR table. He loves to joke and laugh, but seriously loves the Lord. Before every case (right before we put people out), he bends over the patient and prays for them and asks the Lord to guide the surgical team as we work on the patient.
He has three kids, that all seem to be afraid of white people. (I’m working on getting them over it…) Currently, he keeps his days busy by being employed full-time at the hospital, going to school to attain the next level of nursing degree (for lack of better word—the system here is different), and being the coordinator for the youth program, which is the group that works with all young people (teens to 35…haha) in the churches here in Koutiala.
My favorite Isaac quote: “In the village of the blind, even the one-eyed man can be king.”