Visit to Kenya 2014
The trip to Kenya was difficult and wonderful. Doing open neurosurgery on brains and spines was challenging, but there aren't many wonderful stories to tell from Tenwek Hospital, four hours outside of Nairobi. Some of these stories are captured in the photographs I have attached to the site. One of the women in the photographs, where I am holding her hand, came in with the largest epidural blood clot I had ever seen in the brain. She had been hit in the head with a piece of firewood and was awake and unable to speak or move her right arm because the blood clot from a broken artery was putting pressure on her brain. This is a serious emergency and I rushed her to surgery. In one of the photographs I am praying for her with my hand on her head. Because there is no drill, it took a long time to remove the bone of her skull, and because of her drinking problem, it took even longer to stop the bleeding. We started the case at 6 PM, so I skipped dinner, thinking it would be a quick case. It was 1130pm before we got the bleeding stopped, and could take a short break to eat something. It took another two hours to put the pieces of bone back together using heavy suture. By the time we got the scalp sutured back together, it was after one in the morning.
The next day I was tired and saying very little, but she was talking fluently and very thankful. She realized that God was merciful to her restoring her speech. When we asked her what was keeping her from God, she said, “alcohol," and was ready for a change. John, the resident with me who spoke Swahili, was able to help her get right with God and receive forgiveness for the guilt and shame she carried. I was pleased to be involved with the staff at Tenwek Hospital and I hope to return in 2015.
New Zealand Christian Medical Conference
I was invited to speak at the first ever Christian Medical Conference in New Zealand. It was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Wellington in Oct. 20-22, 2017. Wellington is centrally located for healthcare workers who came from the North and South Islands of New Zealand. The people of NZ were wonderfully welcoming. They face many challenges in healthcare and freedom of conscience among healthcare workers. I spoke on Dealing with Personal and Professional Disappointment, Forgiveness, and Dealing with Jealousy and Envy. The response was very positive.
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End Date: 30 December 2021