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Orthopedy

Two nice photos from Boko!

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While preparing, my Orthopaedics mission to Boko (Benin) in December 2013, I keep thinking back of all the young patients we've been able to help during our previous mission to the Hôpital St Jean de Dieu.

I would like to share these two photos of our last mission with you.


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A lot of enthusiasm!

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Trainee Denise was dying to perform her first intubation this morning. No lack of enthusiasm…. The first patient was a one year old little girl who came for the treatment of contractures in the palm of her hand as a result of earlier burns. Mmm, not exactly a suitable candidate for an enthusiastic trainee equipped with a laryngoscope, without a ventilator and only a saturation meter for the monitoring. It might be safer to stick to ketamine in this case.

Balance

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Today I probably saw the most difficult patient of this mission and also the easiest. The difficult one caused very little stress though: it was a 33-year-old sportsman with a ruptured Achilles tendon. Ruptured, so to speak, since the injury was already nine months old and this patient was more of a worry to Maurits than to me. The man insisted on an operation since sport was so important to him…

Alleviate the pain until......

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This is not Ndizi but another little fellow patient of Ndizi who will be operated on by Maurits. Guided tour of the Boko hospital.