The hospital had a waiting and an exam
room and also a ward to keep patients until they were well enough to go
home. Some of the patients came from far away, so the family would often
stay with a patient. A girl and her father stayed at the hospital while
her mother was recovering from an operation to remove a tumor from her
Another patient, a boy about eight
years old, had been mauled by a tiger and had extensive damage to one
of his legs. Dooley and his colleagues repaired his leg, gave him antibiotics
and vitamins, and cared for the tissue. Although he had scars, he regained
at least 80% of the leg's function.
Among other duties, the Americans also
cared for several tubercular patients in the wards, and Dooley even performed
a few plastic surgeries. One of these surgeries was done on a woman who
had a terrible dental infection, which caused a hole in her cheek. Dooley
used skin grafts to bridge her upper and lower lip.
Dr. Dooley recorded his thoughts and
experiences and then sent them back to St. Louis, Missouri, where they
were broadcast on KMOX radio. One of the broadcasts told about sick call
and the patients. Click Here to see a transcript
of this radio broadcast.