This little girl had a chest x-ray done to check for fluid in the lungs. The x-ray revealed that her lungs were fine so the doctors are still trying to figure out what her issue is. As far as photographic merit, I’m a big fan of the lines that criss-cross the frame. Usually, I find […]
Photo of the Day
Dr. Faile did 6 hernia operations today but I only had the patience to stand in for 2. How he does that day after day, week after week, and month after month for the last 19+ years I don’t know. All that said, he did a beautiful job suturing up the one above.
Advice for Pregnant Women
This image is dedicated to my expectant sister-in-law, Annie.
Leg Amputation Slideshow
I must first warn you that without Heidi here to help me, my medical slideshows won’t be near as detailed and informative. Nonetheless, I figured I’d try one and I had a 4th year med student here help me with some details. I went in the OR today for a leg amputation of 56 year-old […]
Photo of the Day
BMC doesn’t hold clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays as those days are reserved for minor & surgical procedures. Today I was able to finally join Dr. Faile in the OR for a hernia operation and a c-section. The portrait above is of the mother just before the c-section. I loved her unkempt hair. The operation […]
Back to Work
The celebration is over and today the hospital staff were greet by a HUGE crowd of people for clinic. Despite having 4 med students, 2 residents, and a surgeon helping out it took until nearly 10pm to finish. Here’s a photo that captured the frantic, busy scene well. For those interested it was a hand […]
When Sea Creatures Attack
This patient’s medical card said he had been “attacked by sea creature”. After some discussion with the folks that brought the man from Walewale (54km away), we found out that a hippo had attacked him. It grabbed him in its mouth and flung him in the air. He had 7 or 8 broken ribs and […]
Update on a Miraculous Surgery
On October 6, 2007, the day we arrived in Nalerigu, we were told about an amazing surgery Dr. Faile had performed that evening. A Fulani family with no money sought treatment in Accra for a large anterior meningocele (a form of spina bifida) which extended from the midline of the child’s face. The family couldn’t […]
While in Nalerigu, I kept a logbook of all the procedures, surgeries and patients that I saw. I will admit that I actually saw more things than I recorded. I usually just recorded the things that either I performed personally or had an active role. I really did gain a wealth of experiential knowledge while […]