Sunday, November 5, 2017

Some people we've met.............

Ali is from Australia and serves as the hostess/greeter for short term volunteers. Her
husband John picked us up at the local bus station and she oriented us to the base and
our accommodations. She is an excellent resource for any questions that come up and is also
in charge of the cinnamon buns served every Wednesday at morning break!!

Dr. Drew is a family doctor from California who just left a few days ago after serving for
a month. He and Susie worked together at the under 5s clinic.

Dr. Jenn and her husband Josh are FPs from the US. They have 2 daughters so alternate
working with childcare duties. They will be here for 2 months.

Tchima is in charge ("le chef") of the Outpatient Clinic where Dave works. She does a great job
in directing the Nigerien staff and the doctors in an atmosphere that sometimes
resembles "controlled chaos"!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Balti is a 3 year old girl that Susie admitted urgently last week with cerebral malaria. She was febrile, comatose, had an incredibly low blood sugar of 21 (normal about 100) and severe anemia with a hematocrit of 8% (normal around 35%).    She was given antimalarial meds and lots of glucose.   The lab did not have any blood suitable for her so Susie donated and the blood was hung within an hour. Her hematocrit more than doubled to 19%!!  By the grace of God, Balti responded rapidly and went home today!

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