The Rains Are Here!

Wilsons_2013 Posted by Rory Wilson on Sat, 16 Feb 2008 | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Greetings from a rainy Kiwoko!

They’ve come at last. I got soaked last night when out on my bicycle – sort of not good as I was wet and muddy, but sort of fantastic as we now have some water in the hospital water tanks.

Our container also arrived last weekend. Brian Dorman and some friends had garnered up some fantastic equipment from various hospitals and friends. The container got stuck in Kenya in the middle of all the strife there. Amazingly it arrived on Saturday afternoon, when as circumstances would have it, Brian was visiting Kiwoko. What had taken him weeks to prepare, and a day with a forklift truck to pack, our men unloaded by hand (with the aid of 2 ropes and 3 planks) in 1.5 hours.

It is a fantastic hoard of surgical instruments, neonatal incubators, ultrasound and radiography equipment, sterilising equipment, and also a box of books, tools, and even a few biscuits and a bicycle!

Thanks to everyone who has been praying for rain, and thanks also to those who have supported this container – by donations of items, money, time, prayer.

Our plans for maternity are developing apace. It was also great to have our ISIS donors with us last week. They are a whirlwind of enthusiasm and encouragement. We should be building before the end of the year a fit for purpose maternity and neonatal unit. Our goal is then to attract more of our mothers to deliver at hospital – where we can intervene at an appropriately early time rather than dealing with the consequences of the huge delays in referral to us, which we too often see.

The hospital hasn’t been too busy of late – awaiting the upsurge of disease which will follow a few weeks behind the rains which have now started – but my night on call this week was my busiest for many weeks – I got into bed at 7am and mitched staff morning worship for the sake of a quick nap. The need for our new maternity, and connected community maternal education was obvious again – 4 caesarean sections, one for a lady with a ruptured uterus (burst womb – and so dead baby,) and another required stitches to the cervix (neck of the womb) after bad care in a smaller health unit initially.

Schools have restarted again after the Christmas/ new year break (we more or less follow the Southern Hemisphere school year here.) The children of our staff kids now have more to keep them amused so hopefully they’ll spend less time stealing my unripe mangos.

Julius was a boy of 8. He presented with classical signs of Tetanus. He required very strong sedation, and for a week the outlook was very poor. He started to improve, but for some days I stopped myself from getting too optimistic – our last two lads with the same condition had deteriorated and died after a similar mild improvement. After a few days of improvement I came into his room while doing the ward round to find him singing for me! He then asked me to tell his mum that he would need to eat some pancakes to aid his recovery (he likes pancakes, and had figured that his mother might listen to me more than to him!) After being unconscious and immobile for several weeks he had to relearn how to walk – it is good to have such an excellent physiotherapy dept! It was wonderful on his day of discharge to watch him walk out of the ward with his mother. A boy who had been very close to death, now alive and well because of the team work and care of the staff at Kiwoko hospital.

So that’s all for now.

My computer has been a bit sick so is off to hospital in the UK for a few weeks – but as my blogging has been intermittent of late, I’m not sure you’ll notice the difference – I promise to reappear on her return!

Toodle pip

Rory