Thursday, October 30, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Thursday, October 23, 2014
200 vulnerable children who lost one parent in this community of about 8000 very poor folks about 70 miles from the town of Samfya. There nearest clinic of any kind is 13 km away, the great majority of the children we saw here are malnourished, given that this village has lived mainly on fish but that business is slowly dying as the swamp is fished out. Charles has a vision of how to help and sustain growth through farms, education,and health care. He does need some support though to do this. Especially prayers!
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The new hospital is fully functional, with Bright Hope and Willows support. Below is the picture of the operating room. The ultrasound donated by Bright Hope is still the only one they have working, the monitor and cautery machine was donated by Dr. Eric last year. The supplies we brought last year are just now running out and through the efforts of Greg and Holly with help from contacts at Alexian Brothers Hospital and elsewhere, we were able to bring 6 bags filled with equipment, bandages, sutures, even 3 surgical instrument trays, probably over $20,000 of equipment much needed and appreciated by the loan MD, Dr. Lushiku, at this hospital.
Hi all! Back in Samfya with another medical team. Weather hot, Mark and Carmen pictured here on either side of their daughter Lily are awesome hosts. Our team is a great one - in front is Becky here for her 5th time, to her left is Dr. Greg Porter, a newby, an anesthesiologist, in the middle of the couch is his wife, Holly, on her 4th trip, and to Holly's left is another newby - Dr. Sneha Chacko, a family practice doc. We got here a few days ago, took a long 13 hour bus ride into town from the capitol, and started working day one. Even though today was mainly a meet and greet day, Greg, Holly, and Sneha jumped right in helping the local doc with an emergency C section. If it was not for Greg checking in on the baby who was not breathing when she came out, the baby may not have survived! Then in the afternoon we saw 15 patients on hut calls and in the clinic. Your prayers are much welcomed for the rest of our journey.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Hi all, heading back to Samfya in a few days with another medical team, looking for your prayers. Holly will be coming for her fourth time, finally bringing her husband Greg, an anesthesiologist, who will be helping to teach some tricks to the surgeon, Dr. Lushiku, at the new Samfya Hospital. Becky will be coming for her 5th or 6th time to help take care of the kids. And we have a newby, Sneha, a family practice doctor who will be able to help out everywhere. Things are doing pretty well in the main town of Samfya, so we plan to spend more time in some of the outskirting rural areas including one of the islands, where the need is huge. Pray for our safe journey and for God's guidance in all we do. Blessings, Mike