X-ray Machine for Uganda

$10,070 of $45,000 goal

Raised by 60 people in 26 months
St. Francis Hospital is located in the village of Mutolere, Kisoro district, in the remote southwest corner of Uganda. Every day local doctors, nurses and staff, together with volunteer doctors from the United States, take care of patients from near and far.
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.
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We are doing great! My plan is now to get the donations to the Mission Doctors Association, Lou's sponsoring organization. They will be able to wire the money to the specific account set up by Lou and the hospital administrator in Uganda. If you have any trouble donating while I am arranging the transfer of donated funds, you can also donate directly to Mission Doctors through their funding website. 100% will go to the Xray project and it is tax deductible. Here's the link.
https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/xray
Thanks to everyone. we are getting this done!
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We are doing great on fundraising. You can see that this site has raised over $5000, and that is more than enough to start construction to reinforce the roof and upgrade the electrical. The even better news is that we may be able to get an X-ray machine for between $25,000 and $30,000. And the truly awesome news is that the actual total from this site as well as direct giving to the Mission Doctors Association is now just over $20,000 so we are really half way there!! They are setting up a secure dedicated bank account in Uganda that will require 2 signatures to get the money out.
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
Dr. Louis with baby in incubator and Mom
Dr. Clare with nursing student and baby
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Gary Gilcrease
25 months ago

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?

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Raised by 60 people in 26 months
Created April 23, 2017
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Good luck to all

Gary Gilcrease
25 months ago

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?

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