A donated SonoSite machine helps deliver a “miracle.”
This remarkable email from Kisumu, Kenya, was sent to Linda Price, an OB/GYN physician who is very experienced in working with ultrasound in developing countries. Dr. Price helped raise the funds to donate a NanoMaxx® to the Kaimosi Hospital near Kisumu. Dr. Price and the email’s author, Eden Grace, have kindly given us permission to share this amazing story in which the fortuitous use of an ultrasound machine literally made the difference between life and death.
Sent: Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Subject: Ultrasound machine saved a baby's life yesterday
I want to share with you a story of how the ultrasound saved a baby’s life yesterday. A woman who was in labor with twins went to a low-level government health center. She had not had any prenatal care at all during the pregnancy. Currently the government nurses are on strike, but one kind-hearted nurse left the picket line to attend to this mother. The first baby was born vaginally, weighing 2.7 kg. However, the second baby was lying in a funny position, and soon the baby’s arm emerged from the birth canal, making a vaginal delivery impossible.
The striking nurse managed to find a taxi to take the mother to Kaimosi Hospital. When she arrived here, the first twin was over two hours old, and the protruding arm of the second twin was cold and blue. The doctor couldn’t hear a fetal heart beat, and there was no fetal movement. At this point, based on clinical observation, the doctor would normally conclude that the baby had died, and proceed with a “destructive delivery.” However, they decided to use the ultrasound for confirmation. They were able to see the baby’s heart beating; the baby was alive but in critical condition. They rushed to the operating theatre for a caesarean, and delivered a living baby, weighing 2.6 kg.
This morning, the mother and both twins are doing well. We are praising God today for this miracle baby, and just wanted to pass the story to you and let you know how your generous gift is saving lives. Many blessings to you all!
Eden Grace, Field Officer
Friends United Meeting/Africa Ministries