Micheal Lynch First Week of his Nursing Elective in Jinja, Uganda
Thank you to Micheal for sharing this story, and highlighting the issues that hospitals in Africa face. Micheal has just started his nursing elective in Jinja, Uganda. As Micheal rightly states, the story for this mother and baby would have been very different in the UK.
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This baby girl was just a few hours old when this picture was taken. She hadn’t even been named yet. Her 16 year old mother passed away whilst giving birth to her as she lost too much blood. She might have lived but the hospital didn’t have any blood that matched hers. Needless to say this shows just how lucky we are in the UK as there most likely would have been a different outcome for the mother and her baby. If you are able, please go and donate blood! The baby girl was stable but brought to the neonatal special care unit as there was nowhere else for her to go. She is currently being looked after by her mother’s neighbour until a more permanent solution can be found. It was a privilege to care for this baby girl. *photo used with permission of ward sister and guardian of baby* #studentnurse #neonatal #blooddonation #uganda #jinja #uea #electiveplacement #baby #act4africa
Micheal Lynch – 04/12/2018