A 28-member team of health care professionals from Duke University Medical Center is carrying nine tons of surplus medical equipment and donated supplies to the 1500-bed New Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. Mulago Hospital staff will be trained to use and maintain the new equipment then surgeons from both countries will join in conducting a number of brain and spinal surgeries.

The project is administered by Duke’s Global Health Institute.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Fought for You

Michelle Gailiun writes: Success! I think this shot pretty much sums up why we're all here.
That's Dr. Ali Zomorodi on the left, checking in on 6-year old Nelson Akandwaholo, who just came out of surgery, and his mom, Diana Noggita. Just yesterday, a large and menacing abscess in Nelson's brain had left him totally floppy on one side - he wasn't even able to move his arm - and he was losing ground daily. Zomorodi's surgical team spent hours cleaning out the area and removing the pressure, and shortly after he went to recovery, he started sitting up and lifting his left arm - which you can see in the picture. The team was ecstatic. Some were in tears.
And so was mom, who happened to mention that her son's name means "fought for you."