by Dr. Eric McLaughlin, Serge family medicine physician and MedSend grant recipient (republished from the blog at serge.org) One of the great things about the church calendar is the annual reminder of things that we need reminding of. The current pre-Christmas season of Advent reminds us of many things, but particularly for me, it is…Read More
by Dr. Andrea Parker, MedSend Surgeon serving in Kenya Working as a surgeon at Tenwek is difficult. Our patients often wait to seek treatment until the illness or disease has been going on for some time or until symptoms become unbearable. The advanced state of disease makes it less likely we can do much to…Read More
written by Mike Ganey, MedSend pediatric surgeon serving in Kenya Story and photos used with mom’s permission A month ago I received an urgent page from the head nurse at Tenwek. A hospital was calling to send us a very sick newborn girl. She was only 2 kg and had been vomiting since she was…Read More
written by Michelle Kiprop, MedSend nurse practitioner serving in Kenya I first met Karin in September of 2012. We were doing an outreach in the slums. This outreach was focused on removal of jiggers (the parasite tunga penetrans), a little insect that burrows into the skin of the feet and lays eggs that become larvae…Read More
written by Dan Galat, MedSend orthopedic surgeon serving in Kenya On my first day of work at Kijabe Hospital, I met a 20-year-old patient named Samuel, who had been involved in a terrible motorcycle accident resulting in a fractured spine. When he first presented to Kijabe (one week after the accident), Samuel was completely paralyzed…Read More
written by Dr. Erin Connally, MedSend Dentist serving in Peru Anesthetic Shortage A dentist without anesthetic is nobody’s idea of a good time. Who would want to have a root canal or tooth extracted without being numb?! You can imagine my panic when, after noticing that I had missed 7 calls from the Diospi Suyana…Read More
Abiba’s Story Where, O death is your Victory? Where, O death is your sting? written by Dr. Kelly Faber, MedSend Pediatrician serving in Togo Abiba, a 15-year-old orphaned Muslim girl, along with her aunt and cousin, arrived at HBB in mid-January. From a small village 3 hours north of the hospital, they heard about HBB…Read More
The young woman was left to not only navigate her bleak fate, but to do it alone. “She started talking about her life, and how much she was in pain, and lived a part of her life unloved,” Dr. Igiraneza remembers. “We had given her all the treatment we could for kidney failure. So I…Read More
He hadn’t seen his friend in many months. When Dr. Perry Jansen came into the hospital room, he saw his Malawian friend—emaciated and ill— a stark difference from when he last saw him, only months before. Daily, Dr. Jansen was seeing patients in the hospital die from the ravages of HIV, the epidemic that was…Read More
Necrotizing fasciitis – commonly called “flesh-eating disease” – is a medical emergency anywhere. In Bundibugyo, Uganda, it’s a virtual death sentence. Knowing this, MedSend physician Dr. Marc Carrigan was alarmed to diagnose necrotizing fasciitis as the cause of a spreading blue wound on the hip of his 10-month-old patient, Joel. At the 60-bed government health…Read More
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