|Another surgical challenge for Dr. Muballe|
"You should! You are a great teacher," I responded.
Jowet had lived with a sinus wound on the bottom of his right heel for four years. It began when he was just 10 years old. Now he didn't even feel pain though the wound hadn't healed in all those years. Xrays revealed that he had osteomyelitis ... a bone infection caused by bacteria or other germs. It is a dangerous infection, difficult to get rid of, and it often returns after temporary success.
As I sit, stand, and move around within the confines of the International Hospital Kampala, greeting friends employed there from every strata of responsibility, I was moved to wonder. How on earth did I get here? I'm involved in some serious medical cases and have worked with Dr. Muballe, and other surgeons as well on them, but it was NEVER in my dreams for this to happen.
|9 year old Emma, from a boys home,|
had a testicle removed
because it was in the wrong place
So ... how did I end up here, a 68 year old man, 10,000 miles from Oregon, familiar with many medical facilities and medical professionals? And ... most amazing of all ... loving it!
I suspect the short answer is Jesus. That guy can change a person in unexpected ways. A love for people was deposited in me over the last four decades. A love so significant, so supernatural, that it propelled me right into the field of medicine. If people I love have medical issues, those issues become my issues as well.
|Kityo well into rehabilitation of his leg|
This year, when the Medical Team arrived, I was in the middle of caring for Kityo, a victim of a car crash that left him with a compound fracture of the femur and no hope of surgery. Without the surgery, Kityo would have died at worse or lost his leg at best. Today the leg has a titanium rod in it, the wounds are healed, and he is making progress toward walking without the aid of crutches.
The team left me with three cases the end of January:
|Olivia and her caregiver Rose|
Emma who had a testicle which had never dropped to where it was suppose to, which would most likely lead to a deathly cancer after puberty it is was not removed
Jowet, mentioned earlier who had surgery yesterday, and will need for the wounds to be irrigated with antibiotics for a minimum of seven to ten days
Olivia, paralyzed from the waist down, and who has serious wounds on each buttock who is in her second week of nursing care to get the infection under control and absent from the wounds so that she is able to have surgery to close themThe impact these otherwise undone surgeries have on the patients, family, and friends is unable to be measured. But, one thing is for sure, they all know that it was God's love that provided for them.
Enjoy the short video Ezra, the Media Guy of Next Generation Ministries, produced to capture the work of the Medical Team from Oklahoma.