Watching a child choke to death is horrible!
When I entered practice in 1982, the first and only thing I asked the hospital to buy for me was a set of pediatric bronchoscopes and esophagoscopes with telescopes and foreign body forceps. While still a trainee, I had watched an experienced surgeon lose a child on the table when a cashew in his airway flipped sideway and blocked the air exchange – we could never get it out in time. I never wanted to experience that again. In 1999, there was a spate of foreign bodies in the airways of children at Tenwek hospital. You helped me raise the money to buy a discounted set of equipment (over $12,000 at the time) – and to this day, lives are regularly saved in that part of Kenya because of your gift. I need your generosity once again.
At Soddo Christian Hospital in southwest Ethiopia, they have had almost two dozen such events in the past two years. One week, a Chinese toy part caused seven aspirations and at least one child died. This week, Paul Gray wrote, “It's not the best photo, but this is Habtamu and his mother. He will probably go home tomorrow. After being dependent on a face mask for oxygen, he looks great. I pulled a big corn kernel out of a two-year-old two days ago. He aspirated it two months ago. He was treated with antibiotics alone for a week at the government hospital in town and then discharged home; despite their knowledge of our ability to remove foreign bodies. It was terrifying, as usual, due to the pneumonia and hypoxemia [low oxygen during and after the procedure]. But by God's grace, it went well.”
These are high-quality German stainless steel instruments good for a lifetime if properly handled. I am taking my last set to Greece to give to one of our graduates there. I can get the whole set at a discount through a friend for approximately $2,000. They are etched with “PAACS” to remind these surgeons of those who are praying for them. Would you be interested in helping to purchase the next set? Please send a check to S3 Ministries, PO Box 300, Linden, NC or if you wish to use a credit card, you can give through PayPal at www.s3ministries.com.
Sean’s testing went okay this week and now we await the results. He enjoyed being with his friends again for the week, even if the exam sometimes stretched him.
We leave for Greece April 26 to participate in the CMDA-CMDE conference. This is the first time for the African and Middle East contingency that entire missionary families have been able to come (we have done that in Thailand for over a decade). We will have missionaries there from Africa, Asia and S. America – the first trans-global conference of its type. We are expected record attendance. That it is in the part of the world where the Gospel first spread is fitting and a wonderful blessing for those who can take some side-trips to enjoy the history of the area. Please pray that God will prepare the hearts of all who attend – both to serve and to learn. Pray for traveling safety, for all the continuing medical education and for the spiritual life speaker. Pray that the missionaries will be rejuvenated and restored.
Praises and Prayers:
- Praise God that most of our residents got visas to Greece – and please pray for those who did not.
- Pray for the PAACS search committee so that God would lead them to the right people.
- Pray for the CMDA-CMDE meeting and the associated travel of all the attendees.
- Pray that the company will heavily discount the equipment we need and that God will provide the money for its purchase.
Bruce, Micky and Sean