Archive for July, 2014

Ebola, Kent Brantly & INMED Grads In Action

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 |

  Today the world is following the status of Kent Brantly, American physician who contracted Ebola virus infection while serving at a mission hospital the nation of Liberia, West Africa. Brantly, photoed above in back row second from the right, participated in the 2013 INMED International Medicine & Public Health Hybrid Course held in Fort […]

Your Own Future In Africa – Angola Day 29

Sunday, July 27th, 2014 |

  Today I’m thinking of all you back home as I pack for return to Kansas City. I am an extremely fortunate man be colleagues with the Angolans and to play a small part in their concerns. But I’m not the only one who is blessed. Many of you have interests and resources you too […]

Hope Present And Future – Angola Day 21

Saturday, July 19th, 2014 |

  Steve Foster, left, has lived and served in Angola since 1978. A fully Board Certified Canadian surgeon, Foster and his classy wife Peggy over the last thirty-six years raised four children, save thousands from early death, and continue to inspire tomorrow’s healthcare personnel in this stark nation. Steve Foster was my mentor at Kalukembe […]

On Backup For Hell – Angola Day 19

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 |

  On call for emergencies one evening, I cared for a elderly man with acute bleeding into his bladder. This caused obstruction of urine outflow, a huge bladder, and extreme pain. Simply placing a Foley catheter thru the penis or directly through the abdominal into the bladder was no solution, since the clots obstructed any […]

I’m In Stitches – Angola Day 17

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 |

Here’s a story that will make you smile… Steve Foster, my mentor and Angola’s surgeon extraordinaire, came home tonight describing how that he saw a dehydrated child in clinic this morning. “Give him Ringer’s Lactate, one liter each 5 hours,” instructed Foster, in his deep, declarative voice.   Ten hours latter Foster returned, and found […]

World’s Most Life Saving Drug – Angola Day 15

Sunday, July 13th, 2014 |

  What is the world’s most life-saving drug? Penicillin against infections? Quinine against malaria? Furosemide against heart failure? Hydrochorothiazide against hypertension? My nomination I hold here in my hand. João Manuel has been coughing blood and loosing weight for six months. His chest X-ray shows white out of both lungs and he requires 5 liters […]

Physician, Heal Yourself – Angola Day 13

Friday, July 11th, 2014 |

  Yesterday I cared for three young people with rapid onset coma and hemiplegia. They were also all malaria test positive. Malaria can cause a plethora of neurological signs, and no confirmatory brain imaging is available out here. So I started IV quinine and today – miraculously- all three patients resolved their deficits and woke […]

“Who Is My Neighbor?” – Angola Day 11

Thursday, July 10th, 2014 |

  This morning the staff of our small medical center met together as Pastor Moses opened his Bible to Luke chapter 10 and read, “On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he asked, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ ‘What is written in the Law?’ replied […]

Demography & Documents – Angola Day 9

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 |

  Lucia is just fourteen years young. Yesterday she suddenly lost ability to speak and also developed paralysis of her right arm and leg. Were she a lady in her sixties or seventies I would highly suspect a stroke. But a young woman in southern Africa with new neurological deficits? My provisional diagnosis is cerebral […]

Trauma & Hope – Angola Day 7

Sunday, July 6th, 2014 |

  Feliciano was struck by a truck as he tried crossing a road on the chaotic, crowded streets of urban Angola. Lacerated open at the elbow, the lateral ligaments were fragmented,  exposed the entire joint space to dirt and gravel, and left his forearm gangling helplessly. Feliciano was carried to a health post were some […]