Amie came to Mercy Hospital to deliver her third child. She had recently moved to Bo and discovered Mercy because of its well-known prenatal program. She was registered in the program and received critical care before delivery.
Her birth was normal and all seemed well. Soon after birth, her brand-new baby boy was suddenly unable to breathe. Mercy maternity staff sprang into action and were able to successfully resuscitate the baby. Amie says, “Mercy really did a wonderful job for me. Without them, my baby might have died. I am so grateful.”
Mother and baby are doing well and will be discharged tomorrow.
Leaders from medical facilities affiliated with the Sierra Leone Conference of the United Methodist Church recently met in Bo to collaborate their efforts to serve the community. District Medical Officer Dr. Turay invited Mercy Hospital Matron Augusta Kpanabum to do a presentation on cervical cancer screening and its importance for all women of child-bearing age. VIA, visual inspection with acetic acid, is a low cost, very effective technique for identifying precancerous cells, saving women from full blown cervical cancer. The Mercy staff uses a technique taught to them by HCW Board member Dr. Carol McIntosh in October 2016.
Mercy now offers free VIA screening on Fridays, and treats women found to have precancerous cells with cryotherapy. As a result of the Bo district meeting, Mercy Hospital has been identified as the referral health centre for VIA screening and treatment in Bo.
Mercy Lab was recently given the gift of a small refrigerated unit that has been specially modified to safely store blood bags at the required temperature. This generous donation from the Naval Research Laboratory will allow Mercy to store blood for up to two weeks.
Technology like this is not very common in Sierra Leone, and most hospitals are unable to store blood at all. In the past, Mercy was unable to store blood, so whenever a patient required a transfusion it would take a long time to locate an acceptable donor and transfusions needed to happen immediately.
The hope is that Mercy can find a way to start a blood bank so that emergency cases will no longer go through a stressful wait to receive treatment. This will be especially critical once the OR opens.
David Musa, Child Support Program Manager, recently put together maps of Bo and and Sierra Leone that chart where all of the children and youth enrolled in a Child Rescue Centre program currently live. This will help the Child Rescue Centre and Helping Children Worldwide define our programs and identify which specific areas of Bo and other communities are served.
Child Rescue Centre gardner Kinnie Ernest, aided by the children and staff, continues to cultivate healthy crops in the garden. The recently harvested eggplants will be used to make a delicious and healthy sauce for the residential children to enjoy. In addition to enjoying the fruits of their labor, the children are learning valuable skills in the care of crops. Besides, nothing tastes quite as good as food you've raised yourself!