SCENARIO – NANGOMA MISSION HOSPITAL
One of Inter Care’s many partner health units is Nangoma Mission Hospital, in Zambia. When we asked the doctors what equipment they really needed they said, “We have a lack of monitoring equipment e.g. BP machines, nebulisers and pulse oximeters.” So, via the ‘One Wish’ project Inter Care sent them BP machines, nebulisers, pulse oximeters, stethoscopes and a diagnostic set. They wrote back to tell us about a recent child patient who – with the assistance of the Inter Care donated medical equipment – his life has been saved.
MEET DAVID – AN 8 YEAR OLD BOY SUFFERING FROM SICKLE CELL DISEASE
Last year (2021) David suffered a stroke which left him with hemiplegia. This is a condition caused by a brain injury, that results in a degree of weakness, stiffness, and lack of control in one side of the body. For David, it was his right side. Then, in April 2022, David was admitted to the hospital with severe pneumonia and life-threatening breathing difficulties.
DAVID’S MOTHER THANKS INTER CARE FOR THE SUPPORT
Fortunately, by using the new pulse oximeters now permanently available on the ward, the medical staff were able to immediately diagnose David’s problem. They could tell that his blood oxygen levels were dangerously low, so, David was put on immediate oxygen therapy.
After a period of continual monitoring of his progress the staff could see that his blood oxygen levels returned to normal, and thankfully he has since fully recovered. David’s mother thanked the hospital team, who in turn thanked Inter Care, for providing the pulse oximeter which was used to diagnose and monitor David in his hour of need.
One nurse said, “Before, it wasn’t easy to leave a patient gasping for air while I went to look for equipment in other departments of the hospital. Now all our asthmatic patients are treated here in this ward as soon as we receive them. This is great and makes me feel like I am doing something!”