Does something ever look just a little bit off? I was walking through an oddly quiet Kijabe this morning, and the post office boxes illustrated exactly how I felt. Why are the numbers running right to left instead of the way we would normally read?
Kijabe and much of Kenya feels amiss, on the day votes are recast after the first election in September was ruled unconstitutional.
Nothing wrong, but not right. Too quiet, too calm. Too few vehicles, too many shops closed. No imminent danger, but the present threat.
The hospital continues to operate with essential services and would be calm, excepting that many staff have traveled to hometowns around the country for voting. For the remaining workers, the load is heavy and hands are few.
For 102 years patient care has continued at Kijabe, and I trust completely that it will carry on tomorrow. Just as the exhortation to Timothy commanded, “preach the word, in season and out of season,” so may AIC Kijabe Hospital continue to preach the good news of the true healer through compassionate healthcare regardless the external circumstances in the country. In season and out of season.
So on a day that is tempting to despair, I think it is good to celebrate recent victories that have happened as we continued to serve during the election times.
Dr. Amon and Dr. Alain, newest pediatric surgery trainees at AIC Kijabe Bethany Kids Children’s Center.
Dr. Tim Berg with a patient ready for discharge after a whipple procedure – a very complex surgery to remove a pancreatic tumor.
Twins born at 27 weeks this summer are finally ready to go home!
Dr. Nathalie is studying to be the first pediatric anesthesiologist in her home country of Democratic Republic of Congo. She is at Kijabe on a three month rotation in partnership with the University of Nairobi.
Histologists prepare slides in the pathology lab. A new tissue processor is fully funded thanks to your generosity and will greatly aid this process.
Boaz, one of 5 Kijabe College of Health Sciences students whose loans are fully funded!
Dr. Nthumba performing burn contracture surgery on Blessing Ann, who fell into a fire. She is healing nicely as you can see below, and fundraising is ongoing at www.friendsofkijabe.org/blessing-ann
New class of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine Clinical Officers with Dr. Matson and Dr. Halestrap.
Occupational Therapist Luke Mcauley, working with a special needs child.
Dr. Steve Yeh, short-term ENT, with a patient who can now speak again after six months of silence following a total laryngectomy.
James, a patient who suffered a femur fracture during chaos of the last election, has now returned home thanks to your help.