Revolutionizing Spine Care…Changing Lives

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2019 – Days 1 and 2

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, Teteisha Pearson, CRNA, and myself, Taylor Nack, an undergraduate student. The flights were uneventful—minus one lost suitcase (sorry Nathaniel) and some issues getting some extra supplies checked onto a flight. We all arrived in Entebbe around 11:30pm, got our many crates and suitcases together, and headed for the bus.


However, the bus was MIA. Luckily, Jason came to our rescue and made a few calls, locating the bus. Due to some road issues, he was running late. The bus arrived around 12:30am and we got it all loaded up with our crates and suitcases. Lucky for us, there were not too many crates and there was only 6 of us, which meant we got to sprawl out and sleep across the rows of seats. We started the 6-hour trek to the hotel around 1:00am.


We got to the hotel around 7am, checked in, and got to go back to our rooms to unpack before the days’ activities began!

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