Surgery Camp Reaches Halfway Point

Report for May 12: Day 5 Dr. Bransford is halfway through his surgery camp, and normally we would be expecting the patients to be thinning out by now. However, Dr. Bill Rhodes and his wife/surgical assistant Laura, along with Thomas, their anesthetist, arrived this afternoon. A new crowd of families, many with children suffering from cleft lips or cleft palates, is gathering to see Dr....
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Surgery Camp Rolls Along

Report May for May 11: Day 4 Sunday was Mother’s Day in the US, but in Somaliland it was just another day at the office (or the operating theater) for our dedicated surgical team, who put in another full day of work, operating on patients suffering from hydrocephalus, spina bifida and hypospadias. We also had a young man brought in who had received a number of particularly nasty insect bites on...
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Happy Mother’s Day!

Report for May 10: Day 3 All of us at Edna Hospital would like to wish all the mothers in the US and the rest of the world a Happy Mother’s Day. We’re celebrating by providing free surgery to handicapped children with various congenital and acquired conditions. Please consider honoring a mother by helping to fund life-changing surgery for someone’s child. Yesterday was our first full day of...
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Patients Arriving for Surgery Camp

Report for May 9: Day 2 Dr. Bransford arrived on schedule yesterday morning, and activity is already picking up. It looks like we have 20-25 patients and their families at the Hospital already, and we know from past experience that patients will continue to turn up all week. In a typical week at Edna Hospital, Dr. Bransford and Dr. Shukri will treat 30-35 patients, some of whom require more than...
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Surgery Camp Set to Begin Today!

May 8th Report: Day 1 Everyone at Edna Hospital is eagerly awaiting Dr. Bransford’s arrival today. It’s a long trip from the US, but with only six days of surgery scheduled, there’s no time to rest. Families have started to arrive at Edna Hospital. Those who have friends or relatives in Hargeisa may move in temporarily, while others bring sleeping mats with them and lie on the floor of the...
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Surgery camp for Children with Birth defects and Disabilities to begin May 8

At Edna Hospital, we’re eagerly awaiting the arrival of Dr. Dick Bransford, who’s scheduled to arrive on May 8.  Dr. Bransford is a “retired” surgeon who currently lives in the United States.  We use the term retired very loosely, because Dr. Bransford comes to our Hospital 5 or 6 times a year to hold surgery camps for children with birth defects and other conditions (okay, Dr....
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