It went very well, not much to update, He wants ot follow up with Dillon in three months.
Dillon got his first real hair cut last night, Doug took about an inch off. Let me tell you, it was no easy task 🙂 There is pictures of it in Dillon’s photo albums (link on the right).
Dr. Jackson appeared in a local magazine called Metro Prent for Father’s Day, I wanted to share it:
Taking fatherhood at face value
In medical circles he’s known as one of the fathers of plastic surgery, yet even Dr. Ian Jackson was struck with how ironic it was that his first of two grandchildren was born with a cleft lip and palate. But the Scottish native who came to the Institute for Craniofacial and Reconstructive Surgery in Southfield by way of the Mayo Clinic did what he does best. He operated on Max, now 7, and will likely perform smaller surgeries as needed.
Dr. Jackson has worked with countless parents whose children have been diagnosed with various anomalies, and knows how difficult it is for both – especially the father.
“Children go to their mothers when they’re not feeling well. It’s difficult to know what part you play as a father,” he says. Most lend support to their wives, which is of great comfort in itself, but it is hard not knowing what to do.
Just over 28 years ago, Dr. Jackson was in a situation where he wasn’t quite sure what to do either. He was in Peru on a charity medical mission when a father brought in a 20-month-old named David.
“I didnâ€™t know what I was looking at, this boy had lost his whole mid-face,” says Dr. Jackson, who describes his own childhood in Glasgow as being unhappy and disruptive while WW II was waging. David’s face had been eaten away by a parasitic disease called leishmaniasis.
Dr. Jackson agreed to help him if David could come to Scotland. A few months later, an aid worker dropped him off at the Jackson’s home.
“The question was what were we going to do with him? We had four children of our own,” says Dr. Jackson, the “we” referring to him and his wife, Marjorie.
But his children, Andrew, Linda, Sarah and Susan took it in stride. Years later, the Jacksons adopted David after a long journey to find the boy’s father and receive his blessing.
After dozens of surgeries, David, now 30 and living in California, still shows signs of his childhood trauma. His story has been the subject of a BBC documentary, a movie, and a book written by Marjorie.
The Jacksons’ other children are scattered about, two live in the area, one is in New York, and the other in Atlanta. They visit whenever possible, and their father is especially fond of times when they are all gathered around for a great meal.
He says his experience with David restored his faith in human beings. “It was a great lesson on how good people are,” he says. And each day that he helps another family cope with a medical crisis, Dr. Jackson is just setting that same example for us all.