Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2019 – Day 14

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4, 3, 2, 1 August 22, 2019 Day 14   Wake-up, work-out, eat-up. That’s how our morning went again today! The only deviation was the delayed arrival of the coffee, much to everyone’s dismay. We practiced our adaptability today, like all the other days. When we arrived at the hospital at 7:30am, we had four […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2019 – Day 13

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Go Fish August 21, 2019 Day 13   This morning was running for some, sleeping for others, and breakfast for all. No over-sleepers like yesterday (*cough* Dr. Gorlick *cough*)! We loaded the bus shortly after 7:00am and headed to the hospital. Dr. Lieberman went immediately over to the medical school to give another short lecture […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2019 – Day 12

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The Man with the Anesthesia has Gone August 20, 2019 Day 12   Last week, Dr. Kayanja told us about a book written by a Ugandan physician entitled, “The Man with the Key has Gone.” In it, he describes some of the barriers to healthcare delivery in the country. One such barrier is the fact […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2019 Day 11

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It’s Go Time… Again! August 19, 2019 Day 11   This morning started with a 5:15am wake-up call for those that wanted to do some Pilates led by Dr. Lieberman. Or some extra sleep for the others. We all met up for a good breakfast at 6:30 before heading out for the hospital at 7:00am. […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2019 – Days 9 & 10

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R&R August 17-18, 2019 Day 9 and 10   This weekend was MUCH needed. After lots of late nights and a heavy case load last week, we were all slowing down. Three members of Team 1 left us on Saturday morning—Dr. Kayanja, Teisha, and Ashlee—and the rest of us that were staying for week two […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Misison 2019 – Day 8

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Wishful Thinking August 16, 2019 Day 8   Everyone needed an extra cup of coffee or tea (or both) this morning to get over our surgery-hangover from the night before. Unfortunately, little did we know, we probably should’ve had another one. Today was another doosey. We started the day as normal—Dr. Kayanja and Dr. Schaffer […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2019 – Day 4

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What number patient is this again? August 12, 2019 Day 4 Today started with a wake-up call of 6am and downstairs by 6:45 for breakfast (for most people). We all ate our fill, plus a little more, to keep us full for the busy day ahead of us. After slipping some boiled eggs and bananas […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2019 – Day 3

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Team No Sleep August 11, 2019 Day 3  We arrived at the hotel this morning at 7am and hit the ground running (or maybe it was more like jogging, due to the iffy sleep quality these past few days). We started with a big breakfast to last us all day at the hospital if needed, […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2019 – Days 1 and 2

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Arrival in Uganda! August 9 and 10, 2019 Day 1 and 2   After a long two days, Team 1 has finally arrived at the Lake View Hotel in Mbarara, (mostly) in one piece. On this team is Dr. Mark Kayanja, Dr. Nathaniel Schaffer, Jason Ash, scrub technician, Ashlee Gentile, neuromonitoring technician, Sherron Wilson, RN, […]

Robotics Surgery for Spine Cancer Gives Adrianna Her Life Back

Adrianna Mogollon seemed like a happy and healthy young woman, with her entire life ahead of her. She had a loving family, a passion for snowboarding and a zest for life. Everything seemed great until it didn’t. After the sharp back pains became too much for her to endure, she made an appointment to see […]

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