Worth the Wait
After two years of delays due to Covid, and then another delay due to an Ebola outbreak in Uganda, the US team was finally able to hold our second workshop at Uro Care in Kampala.
Our committed team consisted of two lead urologists, Dr. Ranjiv Mathews and Dr. Anthony Shaeffer, as well as an orthopedic surgeon, a pediatric anesthesiologist, social workers, a team of Johns Hopkins nurses and a teenager with exstrophy. Together with the Uro Care team, the team performed five primary closures and an epispadias repair.
Together we treated, connected with and supported 23 families from all over Uganda.
While patients were being treated in the OR, their families gathered in the courtyard for exstrophy education, art therapy, counseling and just enjoyed being a part of the BE community. In addition to providing stellar care to 23 families, 15 doctors came from Uganda, Ghana, Tanzania and Kenya to observe and learn. Bonds were made and lives were changed.
This year’s workshop was in loving memory of Dr. Martin Situma.