We have had quite a lot of volunteers since we last posted, so here is an update on volunteers since last time. These are those who finished out 2008 and started 2009. Unfortunately, I do not have pictures of everyone, but am working on getting those and will add later when available.
Dr. Gillis came to help out again when he was very much needed. He stayed for a couple of months and did a lot of surgery during that time. He also got very sick and we are glad that he survived his stay.
Dr. Paul and Dr. Cindy Shumpert came to help out again. They have continued to support BMC not only by coming to volunteer, but by helping with getting supplies and equipment and overseeing the Faile Foundation. It is always a joyto have them come. They were here together for part of the time.
Dr. April Anderson is an ER resident. She was with us for several weeks and we appreciate her help and support.
Dr. Jim Howard is an ER physician from Texas. He has been to Ghana a number of times with a team from his church, but this was his first trip to BMC. We hope that it will not be his last. He was a big help.
Dr. Fuller Robinson is a dentist who has been coming to volunteer at BMC every year since 1982. This time he brought one of his grandchildren with him. It is always a pleasure to have Fuller with us and we always look forward to his visit each year. It was nice to get to know Claire a little.
Dr. Sneller is a urologist from the Netherlands. This was his sixth visit to BMC and the first time he brought his wife with him. Dr. Sneller was help to help us with some of our urological problems and did several VVF repairs.
Jay and Mary Brittain are 4th year medical students. They did a good job and we enjoyed having them with us for several weeks. Jay is planning to go into emergency medicine and Mary Brittain is planning on doing internal medicine.
Nima and Meera are Canadian Family Practice residents. They spent several weeks with us and were a pleasure to have working here. They heard about BMC from Dr. Erle Kirby who has been here several times in the past.
Tim is a fourth year medical student who is with us for almost two months. He is doing a good job and we are enjoying having him here. We appreciate his help.
Others who have been here in the past few months are Dr. Bertha Velandia, Dr. Bill Lee and his wife Janice, Kristen Thornton, Sarah Cooper and Scott Miller. Dr. Velandia is a Family Practice resident, Dr. Lee is a practicing physician from the US. Kristen and sarah are fourth year medical students and Scott Miller is a final year pharmacy student. I hope we will be able to add pictures of them soon.