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Weʼre raising £2,000 to Support St. Francis Hospital

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Hello!

This year I have been working in a fantastic hospital in Zambia. It has 350 beds and it delivers care to a huge rural population of Zambia. The care is so good that people travel from neighbouring countries for medical care. We treat everything from malaria, open fractures, brain bleeds, cancer, malnutrition, severe burns, major trauma... The hospital staff have a great work ethic and go above and beyond to help. Unfortunately it is suffering from government underfunding. The hospital has not received the grants it was promised this year. We are now in a great debt to pharmacies who are now unable to supply the hospital with essential medications and supplies.

There are a few projects that i would specifically like to fund for.

1. A life box. £250. This is a machine that measures the oxygen levels of patients. This is vital when treating people with chest trauma, chest infections and sepsis. It helps us to prioritise the very limited oxygen we have to the patients that need it most. The box is rechargeable so once its on the ward it can be used again and again and again..!

2. Skin grafting knives. £2/blade. Open fires mean that we get a lot of young children and babies that have terrible full thickness burns. Sadly the hospital has run out of the proper knives used to graft skin and help these children. A £2 blade is enough to graft a child.

3. Milk. £1/ L Children that suffer large burns become very protein deficient and need protein to help boost their immune system and heal. We mix milk with oil and sugar to make high calorie, high protein drinks. Unfortunately we are always out of milk!

4. Mosquito nets £5. My ward has 30 beds and 4 mosquito nets! As my colleague said: " we are giving patients malaria free of charge!". I would love to protect my patients with a mosquito net whilst they are unwell

5. An emergency drug fund. £ Unlimited..There are certain drugs that the hospital cannot afford. These drugs are often life saving and come at a relatively cheap price. For example: Tranaexamic acid can stop a women from bleeding during child birth and its not supplied from our medical stores.

So, if you have some money to spare I can promise you that it will be used well!!

Thank you :)

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  • he harris2 months ago
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    2 months ago

    Today we admitted a baby that was really sick. We currently don't have X Ray films so we are taking pictures from the X ray machine onto our phones. I sent this X-ray of my sick baby all the way across the world to a friends father in the UK who is a radiologist. He gave us a speedy reply, we popped in a chest drain and the oxygen levels went from 60-70% to 98%. Thank you friends for all your kind services, advice, donations and help!! in all ways :)

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  • he harris2 months ago
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    2 months ago

    Dr. Kumwenda.. our hero. He is the only senior general surgeon here. He works 24/7 on call... But he's not looking after himself. His BP was 189/112! we have started him on some blood pressure tablets but i wish we could give him some time off. Sadly he is all on his own. He operates on babies, burns, hernias, intracranial bleeding, thyroids, spleens. Always with the greatest humility and a big smile . Even if its the middle of the night and he started the day at 7AM. What a man! How i wish i could fundraise a day off for this man!

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  • he harris2 months ago
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    2 months ago

    SPLENECTOMY DAY Today we did a splenectomy on a women suffering very painful splenomegaly. Her operation had been cancelled three times because we didn't have the right equipment. Today she finally got the operation but it wasn't without complication... she bled FOUR litres... Im glad we waited. If we hadn't had the right sutures she would have bled to death on the table... These sutures are something i will purchase with the money donated :) Here is the spleen!

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  • Fern & Chris Robinson

    Fern & Chris Robinson

    Jul 30, 2018

    Holly, the work you do is amazing and humbling. Hope this goes a little way to helping the hospital buy the supplies it urgently needs.

    £50.00

  • tessa ure

    tessa ure

    Jul 24, 2018

    I was very touched by this....what an amazing cause...please all give generously

    £20.00

  • Eyitayo  Netufo

    Eyitayo Netufo

    Jul 5, 2018

    Remain merciful and humble with your patients even as you continue to save lives.

  • Ben Shuttleworth

    Ben Shuttleworth

    Jul 3, 2018

    Good luck

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jul 3, 2018

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jul 2, 2018

    Keep going Holly

    £30.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jul 1, 2018

    Brilliant cause, very happy to donate!

    £30.00

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