Team One: Prologue
Most of our team met initially in Dubai, where several of us had a nice meal at the Burj al Arab (a beautiful hotel in Dubai). On an interesting side note, Uber is widely available in Dubai. They even have an “Uber-chopper” option, although we were never ever to actually locate one of these choppers.
Team One: Day One
Much to our surprise, neither chopper nor car options were available through Uber in the Kampala/Mbarara area. Uber boda-bodas may be an untapped market here.
The staff at Mbarara University Hospital proved to be most welcoming and accommodating (I think they unloaded more of the luggage from the bus than we did). With their help, we unloaded a huge number of supply cases from the bus, and began our day of clinic and set up.
“We need to get a dongle.”
Brian: “Such a great word.”
Indeed, the wi-fi within the hospital leaves a little something to be desired.
Brian, Kari and Sherri had the harrowing task of prepping all of our equipment and organizing our supplies into a useable O.R. within less than a day, which they completed with the efficiency and grace one would expect from a group of seasoned vets.
Tomorrow we begin the surgical part of our mission with three operative cases. Hopefully we can give back to the Ugandan people some of the kindness and charity they have already begun to show our group.