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A Mother’s Hope

October 30, 2019

“In this society, a woman’s entire value is wrapped up in her ability to bear children. If she doesn’t have kids it is grounds for divorce legally and so a lot of women are very desperate when they come to me.” Dr. Rachel McLaughlin, a Serge missionary and MedSend grant recipient, serves as an obstetrician-gynecologist…

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Celebrating the Wins

October 14, 2019

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…

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John’s Story

June 21, 2019

By Carson Abrams*, MedSend grant recipient serving in North Africa John* has been coming to therapy for years.  He has severe cerebral palsy and requires assistance for every component of living – he is unable to sit up on his own, feed himself, or turn himself over in bed.  He will always require care from…

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Stories of Hope: Hope for a Little One

January 25, 2019

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…

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Stories of Hope: Karin’s Story

January 17, 2019

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…

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Stories of Hope: Miracle at Kijabe

January 10, 2019

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…

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Stories of Hope: Peru

December 28, 2018

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…

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Stories of Hope: Togo

December 22, 2018

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…

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Stories of Hope: South Africa

December 21, 2018

Written by Dr. Rebecca Quam, MedSend veterinarian, serving in South Africa   Koketso Koketso is starting her second year at university this month and is in the animal health course. She was very active in our witnessing training group, Acts 1:8, last year and joined us on our outreach to Lesotho. She also regularly attends…

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Hope Against All Odds

December 20, 2018

Post written by Rachel B., in a report from the field   “May* arrived on the female ward as the skinniest person I have ever seen,” remembers Rachel. The exception was May’s abdomen. It was stretched to the point that it might surely burst—as if she were pregnant, far beyond the point of delivery. Rachel B.,…

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