Two of our sons arrived safely from U.S. Monday evening! We are traveling with them seeing different areas of Uganda -- more about that next week.
We have 3 hospitals in Gulu; Lacor-St Mary's, Gulu Regional Referral, and Gulu Independent.
Lacor is a Catholic charity hospital started by an Irish doctor team a few decades ago, has minimal fees and does a good job of taking care of their patients. Gulu Referral is government owned. No costs involved. Patients largely watched over by interns and nurses. Gulu Independent is private and very expensive by UG standards. This is where we send our missionaries who are sick. Quick in and out as there are no waiting lines due to it's high costs. Our next door neighbor is a doctor from Serbia and works at Independent. We have visited Lacor and Referral often. One day recently we spent some time at Lacor visiting the son of our members who had been in a terrible bus accident about six weeks ago. 6 killed including the bus driver. Emmanuel was sitting directly behind the driver and received extensive injuries. He had 6-8 transfusions. It didn't look like he was going to make it. Burns on his body. They did exploratory surgery on his abdomen to look for internal bleeding but found none. That same day two elders from the branch administered to him and gave him a blessing. The next day, he was much improved. He has had good care for this area, Cost: about 250,000 shillings or $100.00.
The following pictures are mostly from his hospital ward room but this is typically what you see at Lacor or Referral.
The people is pink gowns are awaiting their time to enter the surgery theater. It's like this nearly everyday. I don't know how long one may wait, but rather than waiting in a bed they line them up and the nurse calls their name when ready. Obviously, patients like Emanuel with severe injuries do not sit out here. They are transported to surgery on a gurney, just like in the states.
|Emanuel and Sister, about a month after accident|
Sis Ricky, Emanuel's mom and Emanuel's sister.
Roy on the left and William on the right who a couple weeks earlier had given Emanuel a blessing. They rode up with us at this writing to give him another blessing as part of his foot was going to be amputated. Burn wounds not healing.
Emanuel's next door bed mate. Most of the folks in Northern Uganda eat what they grow or pick. This young man had climbed a mango tree to pick fruit, slipped and fell out. He has a broken arm and ...
...Here is a photo of his leg x-ray. Pretty clean break, wouldn't you say? Life is hard in Africa. Even eating can be hazardous.
Another broken leg. Pins inserted inserted into this fellow's leg. He was hit by a car while walking along the road. Oddly, most on foot walk in the same direction of vehicles beside them so they are unable to see what is coming up behind them and no idea if they should be jumping out of the way. We always walk facing oncoming traffic and try to teach our Church members to do the same so they can see what is coming.