Another new link was set up today to a teaching University Hospital in Eygpt. They have over 2000 medical trained staff and over 1500 beds. Hopefully they will learn from and teach others the importance of our Telemedicine system and our humanitarian work.
Today (26th October) we received fantastic news that the patient from China continues to improve slowly day by day with no more seizures or hallucinations. The headaches continue but are easing. She has started to eat more but her appetite is still not normal and she still feels weak.
The last 3 weeks have been very difficult and emotional for all the family. We hope that she continues to improve.
A 37 year old, fit, normally healthy, young woman who lives in South Asia, was admitted to hospital on the 1st October with a severe headache, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea and a very high fever. The referring doctor performed a CT scan of the cerebrum, spinal tap, kidney and liver functions, blood tests and MRI scans. He asked for help from Swinfen Telemedicine with this very serious case.
After two days of antibiotics her headaches became worse, a stiff neck developed, she had episodes of general seizures and became sensitive to most antibiotics. It was not looking good for the patient and was moved to ICU.
Over 13 days and 85 messages through the Swinfen system, 7 medical consultants (specialising in Neurology, Neuroradiology, ENT Surgery, Internal medicine/Tropical diseases, Intensive care and Aneasthsia) all became involved in the case giving free advice on diagnoses and treatment. 2 system operatorswere also on hand, 1 in the UK and 1 in New Zealand. With the perseverance of the referring doctor the patient made a reasonable recovery and has now been moved to a hospital in Thailand for further treatment.
2015 starts with a very busy month for Swinfen Telemedicine, receiving a total of 49 cases, dealing with patients from 2yrs – 95yrs of age.
18 of those cases were sent from one hospital link Iraq and 5 from Micronesia (which were sent within 12 hours of setting up the link)
We also set up 3 new hospital links – 1 in Bangladesh, 1 in Iraq, and 1 in Micronesia!
A dear friend of the SCT sent us this card – thanks to Robin, and to all those who have been involved with our efforts as we’ve grown & grown up!