A Big Thank-You From Tenwek, Kenya
This story reminds us yet again how lives can be saved when dedicated teamwork combines with progressive medical technology.
An international team of SonoSite employees raced against the clock to deliver a replacement ultrasound machine to Tenwek, Kenya, for a medical emergency at rural Tenwek Hospital, a two-hour drive from Nairobi. A cardiac team had been in place for ultrasound-guided heart-valve surgeries when their machine (made by another company) failed. Another surgeon, who had been using SonoSite machines to screen children in the developing world for rheumatic heart disease, recommended SonoSite be contacted to see if a loaner could be provided within a matter of hours.
Multiple SonoSite departments across the world sprang into action, and phone calls, faxes, and emails crisscrossed the globe. A loaner MicroMaxx® was soon on a plane while dozens of SonoSite employees tracked the package and held their breaths.
Did it arrive in time? To find out, read the beautifully written message by Dr. Russell White.