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How to Save a Life…

I’ve spent the last two Fridays traveling to and working at a small rural hospital with Dr. Bwelle.  The hospital was established by a Spaniard and his wife who were both doctors from Barcelona and studied tropical medicine.  They went back to Spain for a year and arranged for Dr. Bwelle to come to the hospital every so often to check on patients, do operations, and perform patient exams and interviews.

The Hospital Raquel Bruc de Yemessoa

Of course he does this without blinking an eye, a true selfless gentleman.  The hospital of Raquel Bruc de Yemessoa is about an hour and a half to two hours from Yaounde, depending on the weather, consequently the state of the roads.  It’s an interesting journey to get there, and on the return route last Friday, there were boys fixing the dirt access road.  They had a wheelbarrow, some shovels, and a cleverly constructed gate made of a fallen tree.  It was basically a classic informal toll road of Cameroon, of which there seem to be more and more.  500CFA francs later we were on our way.  I was a bit taken aback, but Dr. Bwelle just said, “This is Africa, at least they’re doing some work.”

Despite an amputated leg due to infection, he had a stellar disposition.

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Just Another Day at the Office

The original focus and objective of this whole trip was to lend a hand when it came to the pro bono medical missions on the weekends.  As those trips are only Friday through Sunday, how I’m spending my time during the week is probably a mystery at this point, and certainly was for me as well.

Surgeons, Residents, Anesthesiologist, and Assistants

Each weekday, I wake up around 6am, scramble to make some breakfast, and leave the apartment at 6:30am with Andre, Kevin I, Kevin II.  Andre is currently hosting me in the spare room in his apartment because he is very generous and his wife also left Cameroon early for southern France, where the two share a home.  Andre and Kevin I both work at the American School of Yaounde (ASOY), Andre as a teacher and Kevin as a counselor.  Kevin II is a hired driver of Kevin I’s car, more about that in a later post.

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