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.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Robbie "Puka Boy" Diggs

Michelle Gailiun writes:

The applause-o-meter hit 100 last night when Robbie stood up to introduce himself to our hosts at dinner. I think all of us see him as the unsung hero of the mission, because without his expertise, we would have been worthless in the OR.

It was Robbie who stayed up 'til 3:00 a.m. on the Internet the night we got in, trying to see if the converters and transformers we bought would sync up with the equipment that we brought in and that which was already here. It was Robbie who took to the street and spent $250 of his own money buying parts we didn't have. It was Robbie who saved the day when one of the surgical microscopes crashed half way through a procedure. And that's just for starters.

Robbie is truly the "glue" that held everything together when it was literally falling apart. Here he is, fixing an electrical surgical unit - still don't get what this really does, big guy - giving credence to Robbie's contention that, "I can get by with y'all because you don't know a thing about electricity." (Note to Robbie's boss: Think raise/combat pay.)

In a sense, everyone here was heroic at one time or another, and I realize not everyone showed up in the blog postings. I'm pretty sure I didn't get shots of everyone in action, and some people popped up more than once. I hope we can all take some time to post a few favorites in the coming days. And stay tuned....Mike Garrison's video is going to be a knockout. He, like everyone else, has been working like a dog and has gotten great material on EVERYONE!