This interesting case was sent to us from our link in Yemen on the 18th March 2017 and was ongoing till the 22nd April.
An 8 year old child was subjected to a direct blow from a small pebble to his left eye. Immediately after the incident he could not see with his injured eye. The pupil of the eye was partially filled with blood. He was taken to the ophthalmologist on the same day and he reported that he is suffering from a traumatic corneal ulcer and hyphaema. Hospitalization was not required and home care instructions along with medications were prescribed. No movement, Most of the time in a semi sitting position. The patient and the doctor are in Sana’a and under nightly bombing. There is little water and starvation has been declared.
A second opinion was requested from the referring doctor, especially if any additional measure should be taken in order to save the vision of the child, so the case was sent to us where it was allocated to two Ophthalmic surgeons in the UK. “The trauma seems pretty severe but not necessarily devastating for the eye. If the pressure in the eye is soft then this would suggest a posterior rupture which is VERY serious. If normal or high then things are better. Check his vision regularly and it should be coming back if it does not then obviously something much more serious is happening”.
Three weeks after surgery to remove the cataract, further surgery was performed, the retina was examined more closely and he was seen to have “commotio retinae”.
18 messages between the referring doctor, the two Ophthalmic specialists and the Swinfen system operators were exchanged. As we offer our Telemedical system and the Consultants advice, diagnoses and recommended treatment for FREE we estimate that the money saved on this case would have been approx.£1600
As some of you are aware my gentle giant of a father in law is battling cancer. He was first diagnosed over 2 years ago with bowel cancer and had surgery to remove part of his bowel. We all thought he was in the clear after 2 years of being in remission but sadly that wasn’t the case. While on his “once in a lifetime” holiday to see the world, with his wife Loveday, he started to become sick again and things weren’t quite right. When he arrived back from his 8 week trip he went for more tests and unfortunately he was told he had secondaries in his lungs. So he is now having chemotherapy and immunotherapy as part of his treatment. Unfortunately they will never be able to cure his cancer but hopefully the treatment will be able to prolong his life. At the moment he’s going through intense and gruelling treatment which makes him feel sick and tired and we all as a family feel so helpless. We all wish we could take it away and I especially wished there was more I could do. So I thought to myself “What can I do to help?” Not a lot, was my conclusion. But then I had a “lightbulb” moment…
I thought as I have recently started running, I could put all my effort into training and could sign up for something I’ve never done before and help raise some money for a charity that would be close to both Brian and Loveday’s heart. I asked them what charity they would like the donations to go to and I will be running in Brian’s honour.
So on the 9th July I’ll be taking part in my first 10k at Loseley House as part of their “Run for Champagne” event.
I’ve always respected and looked up to all he has done in his career as a Professor in Urology. He tirelessly helped many people who battled with prostate cancer in particular and other urological disorders and it’s just so unfair that life has thrown this set of cards his way, after all he’s done to help others!
I know my husband David, my sister in law Rebecca and mother in law Loveday and all of the family are so proud of what he achieved in his career and we just want to show him how much he is loved and respected and that we are all fighting this disease with him and that he’s not alone.
I’m not just doing this for Brian, but for all of those who are living with cancer on a daily basis. And I’m also doing this in memory of my beautiful Auntie Brid who lost her battle to cancer nearly 3 years ago, she is so sadly missed. Lastly not forgetting all those who have lost family and friends to this awful disease, let’s keep praying that with all this fundraising money they can finally find a cure!
Both Brian and Loveday work for Swinfen Telelmedicine as system oporators and help people from all over the world who need medical help and attention. With the help of the internet and mobiles, people from all over the world are only a click away from getting the help that they need.
Thanks so much for reading and for any donations (big or small) that you are able to make.
As a result of Swinfen Telemedicine and iPath joining forces Dr Gerhard Stauch, Consultant Pathologist and Mrs Monika Hubler, co-ordinator of iPath, visited one of our Telemedical links in Tansen, Nepal in February. United Mission Hospital is run by Dr Marianne Broqueville and Dr Rachel Karrach, Medical Director.
The aim was to establish a Histology and Cytophology laboratory, training of technicians in the production of histological and cytological preparations, documentation and archiving, creation of a database for patient data and reports, Training of the team in basic histology and cytology. Training began with a very motivated team.
NGO hospital with 160 beds with an average occupancy rate of 80% and an outpatient clinic of 100,000 patients. The following fields are covered: surgery, orthopedics with trauma surgery, internal medicine with radiology and ultrasound, gynecology and obstetrics, as well as a laboratory for Hematology, Parasitology, Microbiology and biochemistry
The next laboratory for pathology is located in Bharatpur, 160 km away (corresponding to 8 hours) and in Bhayavar at 60 km distance (corresponding to 3-4 hours).
Gerhard and Monika plan to return to the hospital and the end of the year.