Friday, December 28, 2012
Friday, December 21, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Patient walking the day after surgery, standing with Dr. Marakalala, orthopedic resident from Botswana training at Tenwek.
Young lady with bilateral femur fractures treated with SIGN nails.
Another patient, up walking the day after surgery.
Happy to have his leg fixed!
Another young man with retrograde SIGN nail.
16 year old boy with Russell-Taylor nail.
X-ray of retrograde SIGN nail.
Femoral Russell-Taylor nail.
Tibial Russell-Taylor nail.
Paul Whiting, orthopedic resident from Tufts, who visited Tenwek in March, presenting our data from Tenwek on open femur and tibia fractures.
Boxes and boxes of Russell-Taylor nails.
All-day job but totally worth it.
"Too-long" nails to be delivered to Cedarville team who will cut nails down to a more useable lengths.
The new orthopedic storeroom is underway!
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Jeremiah and his Dad in front of the newly arrived C-ARM crate - weighing in at nearly a ton. Jeremiah is now officially a few millimeters taller than me (and a full 20 lbs heavier). I fear that soon, I will no longer be able to "take him."
Wheeling the C-ARM into operating room #4 for the "first case," a 40 year old man with a displaced femoral neck fracture that Dr. Rowe fixed with cannulated screws.
Benard, our excellent IT guy at Tenwek after just setting up the new computer in our orthopedic threatre room. I spend part of my weekend on call installing the wall-mount system.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Nick, our Kenyan prosthetist, and Allen Dolberry worked together to build 15 prosthetic legs during Allen's 4th visit to Tenwek.
Washington (with his father) testing out his leg for the first time...although somewhat unsure at first, with a little practice, and with the quality construction of this leg, he should do very well. Thanks Children’s Health Care of Atlanta.
Washington's dad told me he (Washington) considers me his "mzungu" dad (mzungu being a Kiswahili term for "white")!
Last year, a young boy named Washington suffered a tragic injury which eventually required an above the knee amputation (see previous story entitled “A Father’s Heart”). After Dr. Tim Oswald (a pediatric orthopedic surgeon who served at Tenwek in 2009 as a short term missionary) read the story, he engaged a colleague at Children’s Health Care of Atlanta, who volunteered to fashion a new prosthetic leg for Washington. Solomon, our head physiotherapist and Nick, our new Kenyan prosthetist made a plaster mold of the stump, which was then sent to Atlanta via a returning visitor to the States.
Washington now has his new leg, thanks to many people all working together to make it happen. Tenwek is one of the few (if not, the only) mission hospital(s) in Africa with a functioning prosthetics and orthotics department. Allen and his family plan to return to Tenwek for an entire year in 2014 to complete the development of the program with the goal of making it entirely self-sustaining, so that patients like Washington can continue to find hope that ultimately comes through knowing Jesus Christ!
Friday, July 6, 2012
External fixator placed on the left leg helps keep leg aligned while the soft tissue and shattered bone heal.
We were amazed at how well the bones were aligned despite not using C-ARM or x-ray in the operating room to assist. Evidence that God was in control of this case.
The right leg fracture was not as severe, but the soft tissue injury was more extensive. We were able to use a cast to hold this fracture in place.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
(Story told with permission from patient).
Friday, May 4, 2012
Electronic X-rays for Theatre
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Pancakes and popcorn for breakfast...
Preparing for the hunt.
Peter and the kidney...not fully sure he actually wants to do it.
The girls hovering over the chargrilled goat. Let's just say this goat was not the most tender specimen, although it tasted good...
Best part of the weekend...building relationships.
And time alone to learn and be with God.
Missionaries often carry varying responsibilities, one of our favorites being the MK (missionary kid) youth coordinators for our sending agency, World Gospel Mission (WGM) Kenya. So, this past weekend, Heather and I, along with fellow missionaries and friends Dino and Janice Crognale, Beth White, and Vera Steury took our junior high and high school MKs on a youth retreat to Olderkesi, a WGM development project in the heart of Maasai Land.
Significant events included a traditional Kenyan goat roast (Mbuzi Choma - chargrilled goat) which the kids themselves slaughtered, butchered and then heartily consumed. Peter White thoroughly impressed all by eating a raw kidney plucked directly from the freshly dispatched goat (although likely spurred on by the small wager I offered him to do so). Because the area around Olderkesi is known to have lions, leopards, Cape buffalo and more, later that same afternoon, the entire tribe went out hunting. Although nothing of significance was seen or bagged, the majority of the boys came back with long, sharp thorns piercing their ear lobes in classic Maasai fashion. Jeremiah unfortunately (“accidentally”) broke off the entire tip of a thorn in his ear lobe and is unable to retrieve it (what next?). Nighttime consisted of campfires, laughter, and general lack of sleep.
Although much fun was had, the focus of the retreat was definitely spiritual in nature. We led the kids through an incredible study in 2 Peter entitled “In the Last Days” which challenged us all to live with watchfulness, purpose, and passion, as our time on earth is short. I am humbled as I imagine what God is going to do with this bunch of regular, yet privileged kids in the future. At the same time, I realize that they are targeted by an enemy who employs false teachers and ideologies with the goal of leading them astray. For now, we were glad to be fighting with them this weekend and trust that God has given them “everything they need for life and godliness.” All our kids, whether here in Kenya, or in the U.S., are in a battle, and we need to fight with them and pray for them continually.
Thanks for all your prayers and support for us here in Kenya. Let's pray for our kids, that God would protect them, grow them, and ultimately raise them up as laborers in His kingdom, for His glory.
2 Peter 1:3: His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.