Oh The Things You Will See

Even Dr. Seuss could not have predicted the things one sees on a mission. Sometimes the doctors and nurses are even surprised. Equally surprising is their ability to diagnose and treat some of the conditions they discover. To be on the medical team you must be part Dr. Oz and part MacGyver. This week an astonishing (and sometimes overwhelming) 600 patients were seen in clinic and 26 surgical procedures were performed. Yes, I will say that again from Sunday afternoon until Thursday at 3 PM, our team screened, diagnosed and treated 600 patients and Dr. Hechler performed...

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Driving Days for his Father’s Care

Paul, a civil works contractor and father of four, has traveled all the way from Eastern Uganda to help his father get the medical treatment he needs. Assisted by his two brothers, the sons have traveled two long days by bus in hope that their father would receive surgery to remove the large hernia that has been causing him much pain. Paul shared that although his father is of 74 years old, he still needs his father’s encouragement, advice, and wisdom. Keep in mind that according to UNICEF, the average age life expectancy is 54. Paul wants nothing more than to keep his ...

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MMF Saves a Child’s Life

The MMF medical team has seen close to 500 people at the local clinics from September 16th through September 17th. Yesterday, the medical team, art team, and local children posed for a photograph at the Lagwiny Health Center II, one of the satellite health clinics. At this location, there was a wide variety of cases ranging from tumors to rashes and skin irritations. MMF Saves a Baby's Life Yesterday at the clinic, Janna, an MMF volunteer from Canada, noticed that a three year old baby was extremely lathergic and wasn't moving. The baby was found to have a fever 40.2 ...

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Story of a War Survivor

This is Jaclyn Collins, reporting back in on behalf of the Medical Missions team. Throughout the week a man named Edward has served as one of our group’s drivers. During transport, I was able to hear Edward’s personal story. Although it is horrifying, it is moving, and I hope it inspires others to tell people about the resilient people of Uganda and Medical Missions Foundation’s work here. Abducted by the LRA Edward is now a middle-aged man, though he reminisces back to his years as a young college student as we talk. At just 22 years old, Edward takes me back ...

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Dr. Zamierowski Makes House Calls

At breakfast one morning, Dr. Zamierowski shared that for the first time ever, Medical Missions Foundation (MMF) made house calls in the Gulu area. While Dr. Zamierowski shared about this experience, I could see the pain in eyes, which stemmed from the deep emotion he felt for the children's suffering he learned about during his visit. During the house calls, Dr. Zamierowski and Abigail Hayo along with other MMF volunteers met with a priest, Brother Elio Croce, who takes in children that have cerebral palsy or are paraplegics. Dr. Zamierowski referred to this priest as a ...

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Changing Lives Through Art

Art Team Visits Lacor Hospital’s Burn Unit The Medical Missions Foundation (MMF) Art Team and Occupational Therapist, Amy, recently visited Lacor Hospital’s burn unit. The suffering the children there have experienced cannot be fully explained through words. In Uganda it is easy for fires to happen because of the lack of access to electricity and dependency on fires. The peope of Uganda, therefore rely on fire to cook their meals, heat their water, and keep their home lit at night. As a result, more burns happen. Mission Coordinator, Abigail Hayo, said, “Since ...

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