I was fortunate to have been a part of Dr. St Clair’s team. It was educational and inspirational to join someone as they assumed a new leadership role. In particular, my perspective of the mission was deeply affected when we lost a young woman with an open femur fracture on our third day in Mbarara. I was emotionally prepared to be part of a team who always “saved the day”. This was a different situation. Observing how Dr. St Clair efficiently moved through the obstacles in an attempt to get her appropriate care was impressive. Afterwards, he demonstrated that it was OK to “feel” the loss. This helped our team use the experience as a constant reminder to push ourselves and use every moment to make the greatest difference possible. It is this lesson along with countless others from technical surgical pearls, to life lessons in teamwork, gratitude, and integrity that made Spine Uganda a life-changing experience.
To those who contributed to this mission, I wish to express my deepest thanks. To those that are new to the Mission, I implore you to make a difference in any way you can. Africa is too often portrayed as a hopelessly deprived continent that is impossible to change. Change comes slowly; but I promise that you can see and feel it in Mbarara. Nelson Mandela said that things always seem impossible until they are done. Be a part of making that change. Please consider getting involved in Spine Mission Uganda and be the change you wish to see in the world.