At Work

Takoradi, Ghana January 2014

Operation Hernia – Polish Team to Takoradi/Dixcove (Ghana)

18-25.January 2014

Team members: Maciej mietañski, Kamil Bury, Magda Bury, Maciej Pawlak, Stefan mietañski, D. Richert

At Work

At Work

Since 2005 Operation Hernia sends doctors of good will to Takoradi in Ghana to help Dr Bernard Boateng Duah to treat people suffering from hernia and related diseases. On the 17th of January 2014 three doctors under leadership of Maciej mietañski fled cold Polish winter and have landed in benevolent and warm embraces of Accra to become a part of fantastic charity mission.

After a day of traveling with few sightseeing stops in Kakum National Park and Elmina Castle we have reached Takoradi. During the week of intense work the two teams, one in Takoradi and the second in Dixcove, we have managed to operate more than 50 cases. For the young doctors Kamil Bury and Maciej Pawlak it was an amazing and memorable experience. We were the second team to work in Dixocve and were met with fantastic welcoming and gratitude and therefore generated a good spirit of cooperation and much satisfaction.

Maciej mietañski as always made an excellent work, operating on the most difficult cases and performing as many as 10 operations per day. In both Takoradi Hospital and GPHA Hospital we were met with good atmosphere that made the hard days of surgery pleasant and memorable.

The last few days of our mission we have spend recharging batteries on the beach near Akwidaa, beautiful place with long sandy beaches, huge waves and cold Star beer.

Unfortunately good times ends to fast and our pack had to leave Ghana and head back to Poland where thermometers were showing -15oC. We will surely return with some more help and a mission to the Northern Region.

We would like to thank Dr Boateng for all of his help and for being there for us in the difficult moments and also to Linda and Benedicte for taking good care of us in the Villa. Special thanks to the staff in the Takoradi Hospital, GPHA Hospital and Dixcove Hospital for their help and worm welcome.

Polish Team Takoradi.

Land of the Blue Sky

Fourth Year for Operation Hernia in Mongolia September 2013

Land of the Blue Sky

Land of the Blue Sky

Mongolia 8-20 September, International Team

Country

Mongolia is a country on the central part of Asian plateau situated between China and Russia. In Europe Mongolia is known as a low-income country, where the healthcare system has poor infrastructure and old equipment – in my opinion it is not truth in 100%. Mongolian people are also known as a very proud and brave nation – and this is absolutely true. The best chance to see all wonders of The Land of Blue Sky is to travel by car (better to take 4×4). What a traveller can see, meet and taste are beautiful and breathtaking landscapes, hospitable herdsmen who own totally 40 million horses, goats and sheep (the goats and sheep were very important for the team). The taste of a mutton stew, horse meat, tea with goat’s milk and especially khoomis is something what cannot be forgotten. Let’s say something about Operation Hernia in Mongolia – because it was the main goal of this trip for all of us.

Team

It was a pleasure to work with this truly International Team comprising Andrew Kingsnorth (UK); Maciej Śmietański Poland), Kamil Bury (Poland), Teresa Butron (Spain), Giorgio Giorgobiani (Georgia) and Martin Kriz (Sweden). We received huge support from every surgeon that we met on our route but especially we are grateful to Dr. Naraa and Dr. Sanchın and Enkhee

A herdsboy

A herdsboy

Performance at the National Theatre

Performance at the National Theatre

Journey

We landed at the airport of Chinggis Khan – Ulan Baatar (UB) on Sunday morning – as it turned out we all flew from Moscow on the same flight so there was no problem with the gathering. After breakfast we set off on a journey through the wilderness of Mongolia.

During the two-day trip we drove nearly 400km, we spent one night in the middle of nowhere and during the same night we took part in a Mongolian wedding. A lot of drinks and strange meals – but it was a marvellous experience. On the way back to UB at the special invitation of one of the surgeons we were able to take part in a horse race – a lasting impression and experience that we will never forget. After returning to UB we were divided into two teams. The team I was operating at the University Hospital and the other at the prison hospital. Operations performed at prison hospital resulted in three interviews for Mongolian TV and an invitation to dinner by the Head of the prison hospital. During our stay in UB, thanks to the hospitality Dr Naraa, we admired a fabulous performance in the National Theatre. The performance presented the culture and history of Mongolia in a magnificent way.

Teaching

Teaching

Operation Hernia

We operated on 78 cases, which included 20 children, 16 prisoners and 4 reconstructions including Ramirez and one cholecystectomy. We had a mixture of incisional and inguinal cases. The operating lists were tightly-organized but thanks to very good organization of work in the operating theatres we had no problems with performing all procedures. So we were able to do cases ourselves or assist and teach the Mongolians surgeons as appropriate. Andrew, Teresa and Martin gave lectures to the local surgeons. In the opinion of Mongolian surgeons the topics were well chosen and the knowledge gained will be very helpful in normal everyday work.

In a nutshell– the work was the same as on every Operation Hernia mission – early start in the morning for a post-operative ward round, followed by assessing into the new cases, then operating all day long and in the evening… night life in UB.

The great success of that mission was mainly possible because of the distinguished capacity for teamwork of every participant. All team-members expressed their wish to participate on the next humanitarian mission under the auspices of Operation Hernia.

We will be back…

For Operation Hernia from Ulaan Baatar

Kamil Bury