Friday, June 22, 2012

Gratitude from the IEP Team

We would like to thank all those who have made this Namibian extension of the International Extremity Project possible.

Our gratitude goes out to:

We also appreciate and thank our generous donors for their continued support of IEP and this all-volunteer medical mission project.

Finally, there is another mission to Vietnam in January 2013. This will mark the eight mission to Vietnam for myself. The other members of IEP may have not been there as many times but are equally dedicated. Stick close to the web page as it evolves into the next chapter of IEP's raison d'etre.
~ Bruce Lehnert

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Wrapping Up Our First Namibian Mission

Today, we visited and evaluated the patients on whom we'd operated last week in the hospital ward at Katutura Hospital. We found that all the patients are recovering comfortably and without infection. We worked with the local medical teams to finalize the patients' plans for postoperative care.

Second Week, First Namibian Mission

Equino cavus "toe walker"
deformity prior to surgery.

We completed the operative portion of our Namibian mission on Wednesday, June 20. In total, we operated on 18 patients, most of whom had complex foot and ankle deformities. Of the 18 patients, 10 required procedures on on both feet.

Following the day's surgeries, the team was invited to meet with the Namibian First Lady. Penehupifo Pohamba, the wife of President Hifikepunye Pohamba, thanked us and expressed her gratitude to the team and the change of life we have brought to our Namibian patients.

The IEP team with Namibian First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba.

At the meeting with the First Lady, the International Extremity Project (IEP) team donated power equipment and bone-fixation devices to the Namibian Ministry of Health.

Tonight we are participating in an educational seminar with the Namibia Medical Society. IEP's Dr. Meir Nyska will present a continuing medical education seminar on ankle sprains to local medical professionals and students.

We'll spend tomorrow following up with patients we worked with over the last two weeks.

Jenni Lehnert, RN, conferring with local nurses.

First Lady Pohamba with
Lex and Logan Lehnert.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

IEP on Namibian TV (Video)

Read the related article, "18 patients with deformities benefit from American doctors surgery," on the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation's website.

Friday in Namibia -- Interviews & Surgeries

Our Thursday started off at 6:00 a.m. with an interview on Good Morning Namibia broadcast on the Namibian Broadcast Corporation (NBC). 

It was Dr. Lehnert's first time on TV and it went really smoothly.  Later in the evening, NBC did a special on our team for the 8:00 p.m. broadcast.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Thursday in Namibia

Dr. Nyska and a local doctor
planning procedures.
Because we aren't able to help everyone who needs surgical attention in the short time we're here, we have had to prioritize patients and procedures.

We are prioritizing helping the children because we can perform life-changing operations that can be the sentinel event of a new life.

Equino cavus deformity pre-surgery.
Repair will require Achilles
tendon lengthening and midfoot
The team started the morning with a meeting of the Orthopedic Department at 07:30, where we reviewed the previous 18 hours of admissions and shared our combined experience.

The first day in the operating room started at 08:30. The team performed seven cases, including a combined total of 13 procedures:

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Wednesday in Namibia

Failed ankle fusion in need of revision.

We started off Wednesday at 0730 in the Orthopedic Department reviewing the previous day's cases. The Junior Medical Officer presented his on-call cases for critique by the one of the local orthopedic surgeons. We were able to participate as well as they consulted our team on some of the cases.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Positive Reception in Namibia

The team had a positive reception with media, Ministry of Health, and United Africa Group. Dr. Lehnert was interviewed by four media houses and introduced the team.

Namibians very welcoming and benevolent people. It looks like we have found another home for IEP! 

We also met Dr. Ludwig Walters, the sole orthopedic surgeon for Katutura Hospital. He has arranged the screenings and surgery time for our group.

We made some great connections and look forward to tomorrow.

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First Days in Namibia

IEP Namibia 2012 Team

Dr. Bruce Lehnert - 8th IEP mission veteran
Dr. Meir Nyska - 4th IEP mission veteran
Dr. Beny Kish- 1st IEP mission
Jennifer Lehnert, RN

Monday, June 11
Our flight from Frankfurt was cancelled and we had to wait 8 hours for another flight to Namibia. We arrived at 8 p.m. local time on Monday.

Tuesday, June 12

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Travel Tales to Namibia, SFO to FRA

Friday, 6/8/2012

Trying to minimize bags now, United wants $70 per piece.

Sitting on plane waiting for the first leg of our journey. Lots of miles to cover. Plane is packed and incredibly uncomfortable. It will all be worth it when we get there.

Sunday 6/10/2012

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Pre-flight Check: Namibia

_X_ Make Contacts
_X_ Arrange Schedule
_X_ Book Flights
_X_ Pack Gear
_X_ Get Anti-malarial Meds
_X_ Gather Reading Material for 30-hour Flight

Check. Check. Check. 
And Check.

The IEP team leaves tomorrow evening for the inaugural trip to Namibia. Once there, there's a new checklist:

___ Conduct Patient Screenings
__Perform Surgeries
___ Meet with the Namibian Minister of Health
___ Get Interviewed by Good Morning Namibia

Stay tuned to the site for updates from Windhoek.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Hello Can Tho!

It's official: Planning for the next International Extremity Project (IEP) medical mission to Can Tho, Vietnam, has begun! 

The team has been working with Can Tho General Hospital and Can Tho University Hospital to organize patient evaluations and surgeries in January 2013.

As currently scheduled, the mission team will arrive in Saigon on December 30th, then travel to Can Tho to work until the 10th of January. For an idea of what will happen during the mission, check out the posts from the November 2010 trip.