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DELIVERING A MOTHER IN THE BACK OF AN AMBULANCE
Kamugisha John Bosco GEC ECP Shares his experience while on ambulance call & dispatch shift.
“Delivering a mother in the back of an ambulance is very risky especially for mothers with complications. It was a beautiful sun setting morning while on my two week shift work at Uganda National ambulance Call and dispatch Naguru when a call came in from lower facility to evacuate the mother to a National Referral Hospital for CS.
An ambulance was dispatched and I went with the driver. Reached the facility and found that the mother had strong contractions, we took little time to put her in an ambulance. Everything was set and we were let to go by the referring facility.
I had a feeling that this mother might deliver in the ambulance. I and the driver we laughed after we set off and he asked me if she delivers in an ambulance whether I would be able to help her out. I told him definitely I will use my skills to save the baby and the mother.
5 minutes later after leaving the facility, the mother had more strong contractions that pushed the first leg out leaving the other one trapped inside. With the skills gained in the last 13 years working as emergency care practitioner with GEC, I maneuvered and delivered the second leg and the whole body was out leaving the head inside the pelvis. Using Lovset’s maneuver I managed to deliver the baby, tied the cord and stimulated the baby to cry. The baby scored 8 in 1minute and 10 in 5 minutes. The placenta was delivered and checked for completeness.
After the mother and baby were stable, we had to drive back to the referring facility and re admitted the mother and baby in good condition”.
Every year, thousands of people in Uganda, many of them children, die needlessly because they don’t have access to emergency care. In a country that currently lacks any Ugandan-trained emergency care physicians, many are dying from easily treatable conditions such as diarrhea, pneumonia, malaria, or injuries because they don’t get the right care or any care at all. GEC saves lives by teaching healthcare providers how to recognize and treat these illnesses and injuries quickly and effectively.
What we do works. Since 2009, GEC-trained ECPs have treated more than 80,000 patients who otherwise would not have received care. Many more patients are surviving due to the training we’ve provided. Our goal is to grow the program so that all Ugandans will have access to lifesaving emergency care.
At GEC, we believe health care is a human right. That is why our mission is to create access to lifesaving medical care for all Ugandans. To fulfill our mission, we have created a Theory of Change – a comprehensive description and illustration of how and why we expect to implement this desired change within Uganda. Join us and help make lifesaving care available to everyone!
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