X-ray Machine for Uganda
Like all third world hospitals, St. Francis experiences frequent shortages of medicines and equipment, as well as intermittent electrical outages that make critical oxygen concentrators and incubators inoperable. One of the greatest frustrations at this moment is the hospital’s X-ray machine. It is 60 years old, and recently broke down. We just learned that it can no longer be repaired, because the parts simply don’t exist. St. Francis hospital had the only X-ray machine available for over 100 miles in any direction; even the government hospitals do not have them. So the need is urgent and the X-ray machine is crucial for the level of care that St. Francis Hospital provides to a large geographic area. Victims of road accidents, falls from trees, and fires in villages, as well as those with infections extending to the bone, pneumonia, tuberculosis, heart problems and bowel obstructions (some from intestinal parasites) all require X-rays to help in diagnosis and treatment.
In the past, the hospital has received donated used X-ray machines, Unfortunately, donated equipment is often at the end of its “life expectancy” and only tends to work for a short time before breaking down. The hospital then becomes a graveyard of broken and decaying medical equipment that cannot be properly disposed of or recycled. St Francis Hospital needs to purchase a new simple X-ray machine that is sturdy and reliable, and can be maintained locally. But the cost is prohibitive for a hospital that struggles to cover its basic operating expenses. St. Francis is planning to sell one of its much needed vehicles to raise a portion of the funds.
Our goal is to raise enough money to cover the entire cost of theX-ray machine, including installation and training, an X-ray table, and improved X-ray processing equipment. It will also require improving the structural support and electrical system to allow installation.
With your help, we can raise the $45,000 needed to purchase and install new X-ray equipment that will help the thousands of Ugandan patients who come to St. Francis Hospital every year.
Thanks to everyone. we are getting this done!
Lou's Daughter Dr. Clare just arrived in Uganda last week so both are working with the local doctors. Here are some photos from last week
The office I moved from in Buda, TX has a perfectly good working X-ray machine that's just sitting there not in use. I don't think the office is even currently being used for medical purposes and I'm pretty sure the landlord doesn't know what to do with it. Are you interested in maybe having me introduce you to the management company?