Friday, April 09, 2010
Medical Missionary speaks to No. MN Retirees Thurs.
Tanzania is the poorest of the poor. She is an RN who helps medical doctors. They pay their own way, costing her about $3500 + for each trip. A hyena had ripped out the side of a man's face. He wanted something done so the food wouldn't fall out of his
mouth. After 3 surgeries by a plastic surgeon he was able to keep food in his mouth.
She and other staff members wash their hands, first in soapy water, clear water to rinse
out soap and then in a chlorine water. None of the staff has gotten sick. They eat only
fruit with a hard peel, so no apples or tomatoes. Operating rooms have dirt floors, poor lighting. They bring more medical supplies each time they go. She has a grand
daughter saving money so she can go on one of grandma's trips. Very interesting. dk