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Family volunteering in Malawi

Family volunteering in Malawi

Orthopedist Karolina Siwicka together with her husband Peter and children since over 7 months are in Blantyre, Malawi, where they went as volunteers.

Karolina works as an orthopedic surgeon in the Beit Cure hospital, where she and her team often treat very complex conditions and deformities. Parts of the treatment performed here, no one would even treat in Poland or European centers because of the very little chance of success. But no one surrenders here. Often the team itself looks for opportunities, innovative solutions and prepares a plan of operations for several weeks, also working lot of overtime. The hospital is charging adult treatment fees, children are treated for free. Occasionally, people from Mozambique will come here - their trip to the hospital lasts 3 days – they are also being accepted.

 

In addition to the orthopedics, family physicians and internists also work in the hospital. It is extremely important that anyone before the qualification to the surgery is carefully examined and if additional infections or malnutrition are identified - the patient is first treated and fed.

There is a lot of patients. Karolina works 12 hours a day, just like her team mates. The new week starts on Sunday after 6.00 pm when patients are admitted to the hospital for treatments scheduled for the following week. At the same time, her husband helps with the administration and logistics of the hospital. As far as possible, he also repairs the equipment or builds the walkers out of used or unnecessary materials.

 

Karolina does not complain about the excess of duties, it shows how pleased she is with the work and the sympathy and respect of patients. In the next few days they will have delivery of implants from India and medical supplies - necessary for the treatment - which were ordered thanks to the means provided by the Polish Medical Mission.