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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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Life and Death (& Hope) in a 22 Hour Window

January 23, 2019

written by Mike Ganey, MedSend pediatric surgeon serving in Kenya   I want to tell you a story. But first, let me give a disclaimer. I am still learning how to tell stories about children at Tenwek Hospital.  Mostly I’ve avoided doing so – as I want to protect the children and their families (rightly…

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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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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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