Project Medishare | A global community effort toward success
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A global community effort toward success

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Working late night in Hinche, Dr. Jana MacLeod along with Dr. Viraj Master work to remove a patient’s prostate, while medical students Josh Ziperstein and Rachel Webman observe. It took a combination of local support from the Hinche hospital staff, monetary and equipment donations to make the surgical trip a success. Photo by Jennifer Browning.

By Jennifer Browning

HINCHE, Haiti–As we tell the stories about the medical trips and the positive work the medical volunteers perform, sometimes we tend to leave out how the success of these trips are possible. For these medical trips, partnering universities like Emory University raise money and obtain donated equipment through medical companies as well as through fundraising activities and private donors.

The Emory medical students currently participating in this surgical trip raised $20,000 to begin to make this trip possible, while both Dr. Veraj Master and Dr. Jana MacLeod helped secure donated equipment.

Dr. Master contacted Covidien about the company donating an electrosurgical generator [cautery machine] for the surgical trip.

“You don’t need it,” Dr. Master said, “but it does allow you to do surgery safer, quicker, and with less bloodloss.”

Covidien donated $10,000 dollars worth of equipment, which included two cautery machines.

Gore Products, who specializes in mesh products, donated an estimated $15,000 which included equipment used for all types of hernia surgeries as well as suture equipment.

Emergency room Dr. Rick Spurlock said West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange, GA also contributed a great deal to the surgical trip by donating 30 disposable cordless cautery pencils, twelve 24 french bladder irrigation catheters, and 12 bladder irrigations sets.  The urological surgeries would not have been possible without the bladder irrigation catheters and bladder irrigation sets.

But surgical trips can’t be a success on donated funds and equipment alone. Locally, the medical staff in Hinche has also been key to the success of the surgical trip. When irrigation fluid became low, Dr. Prince Son Son Pierre, Hinche’s head surgeon, made arrangements with the hospital in Cange to get more. Dr. Son Son Pierre also brought four nurses from Port-au-Prince to help with post-operative care.

“The actions of the hospital here in Hinche,” Dr. Jana MacLeod said, “showed us that [the staff] were locally invested in us being here.”