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Spears and worms

April 6, 2011

One long tape worm...

My first operative day back from SA was extremely busy. Paul and I worked hard to save the life of a young woman who had been stabbed with a spear by a male neighbor. Apparently she intervened to prevent this man from spearing his wife. (The domestic violence rate in Kenya is >65% by report of some of the Peace Corps workers here on site at IU). Unfortunately, this woman had five perforations in her bowel that required resection. She also presented to MTRH very late and was in severe shock by the time we got her to theatre. She was not able to bounce back after being down for so long and expired that night.

In addition to trauma, we see other strange things such as tape worms. I took this long one out of the bowel that same day. I didn’t have my usual camera so the detail are slightly fuzzy, but you get the idea.

It’s incredible how high the domestic violence rate is. We also see other tragic things such as child abuse especially sexual abuse. One poor 8 year-old child was in casualty (emergency room) with a permanent physiologic defect from abuse in addition to psychological trauma.

These are the days when the patients and families need more than just medical treatment. They need hope.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Alyssa permalink
    April 9, 2011 11:17 am

    They need hope. Well said, Aaron.

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