Magazine article Geographical

MSF-Run Hospital Gives Martha Back Her Future

Magazine article Geographical

MSF-Run Hospital Gives Martha Back Her Future

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'Medecins Sans Frontieres took over Lubutu hospital in 2006, due to the high mortality rate in the area. The aim was to develop a fully-functional hospital offering high quality secondary healthcare--free.

This means that we can give people like Martha a future.

Four-year-old Martha was brought in after a motorbike hit her. She was in a coma, her leg was badly broken and she had lost a great deal of blood. Her mother thought she was going to die.

She was in a coma for six days. After initial treatment it soon became apparent that the bone fracture was not healing well.

This could have been disastrous for Martha. One leg would have been five inches shorter than the other, which would have given her huge problems and could have destroyed her future.

But the presence of the MSF team meant that Martha could have the complex surgery she needed to ensure that her leg healed correctly.

We had to break Martha's femur apart again, and we inserted an external fixator with four pins. …

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