William accompanies the 91-yr-old Dr. Robinson on his 45th mission trip doing free dental clinics!
Heidi and I have written and shared images before about northern Ghanaians love of firing guns at funerals and the horrible injuries that ensue. In recent years, homemade mortars have become a new favorite at these events because of the extra loud bang they produce. The foot-long iron pipes are jam-packed with black powder and […]
Through generous donations via the IMB, I was able to buy 30 new hospital beds for BMC. It took several months to coordinate the purchase, the shipping & delivery and assembly of the beds. In fact, I did all the assembly myself during my free time on weekends. The hospital has been building new wards […]
Using ultrasound Heidi finds that a ruptured appendix is much more serious and an urgent operation is needed.
Working here in Northern Ghana, I have seen conditions and tumors that I have never seen elsewhere. Sometimes, I have to refer patients to the larger teaching institutions for further investigations. Other times, I just have to approach a problem in a stepwise fashion until a conclusion is found. This case is a good example […]
A kid has a major bowel obstruction caused by dozens of seeds from the swamp ebony tree fruit or diospyros mespiliformis.
Heidi extracts a large ovarian cyst that appears to be cancerous. The actual diagnosis is a bit of a surprise.
From time to time I have patients come to me with deep lacerations to the hand which on further inspection reveal injuries to the tendons. This causes an inability to move their fingers as they should. Often the injury is caused by a knife or cutlass but it can also due to a moto accident.
Burns of the hands and feet can lead to severe contractures and deformities. One woman in her late 30s came to BMC with a large wound on her arm. It had developed at the site of a 15 year old burn wound which had “glued” the back of her hand to her wrist. The wound […]