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Lose a kidney, save a life

A major surgery performed in Chad, a feverish night and the remarkable recovery of a young man who was near death.

Male Ward of Guinebor II HospitalBayang Moise lost a healthy kidney. The 22 year old man from Fache, a small town only one mile outside the capital city N'Djamena, Chad, came to Guinebor II Hospital because the stone residing in his kidney had grown too large to pass. One Thursday in August, Bayang and his two brothers arrived at the hospital, run by BMS World Mission Workers, and began prepping for the procedure. 
 
Surgeons were able to remove the kidney but Bayang went into recovery with a high fever. There were only two nurses overseeing the hospital that night, so his brothers and Sue White, a BMS nurse, watched Bayang carefully as his body fought off the infection. “I found it really quite distressing that somebody of his age was so near to death,” Sue says. She spent nearly four hours watching him closely, until finally he was stable. 
 
Nurse and doctor reviewing charts.The surgery took around four hours to complete. Doctors
gave him ketamine, a general anaesthetic that needs to be administered every hour to ensure the patient stays asleep. “It’s still very difficult not to have everything you need at hand,” says Sue.
 
After over a year in Chad, Sue is still adapting to the limited 
supplies and personnel. “You have to be very good at forward planning for what you think may happen so that you’re prepared. I think that’s the hardest part of getting used to nursing here,” she says. This is particularly trying at Guinebor II Hospital, a small facility located in the heart of Chad’s dusty southern region, containing only 33 inpatient beds, 100 beds for day patients and two night nurses.
 

The courtyard and entrance the men's ward.

Bayang recovered thanks to the dedication of his brothers, the excellent work of surgeons and Sue at Guinebor II Hospital, and some long nights and days of prayer. “The family had a very good mentality,” says Sue, “they determined that they were going to help him get better.” After two nights of fever and five days of diligent care, Bayang went home. “He walked out thanking us and left us thanking God for an answered prayer.” 
 
 
 
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05/09/2013

 

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