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Heavy rain came down throughout the night leaving the roads slippery with mud

Thursday, 26 October, 2017
Heavy rain came down throughout the night leaving the roads slippery with mud

Heavy rain came down throughout the night leaving the roads slippery with mud. The team piled into a jeep for the short trip up the mountain to Mdawi Primary School where pastor Allen Lekay was waiting to greet us complete with a troop of boy scouts! After an impressive display of singing and marching, desks were brought back into the impromptu parade ground so that the rest of the school could come together for the fire safety lesson.

Community matron, Lorraine Jackson worked with translator Amina Temu to interact with the children and ensure that they understood the fire hazards within the home. By the end of the session they had prepared a safety leaflet to take back home to discuss with their family. In the afternoon, Katie Piper delivered an inspirational presentation to the medical students, encouraging them to look at the whole person and to work together with all professionals to ensure the best support and outcome for burns patients. The students were moved by Katie’s story and inspired to take forward her uplifting message as they moved into practice.

Meanwhile back at KCMC theatres the surgical team battled with failing electricity with frequent power cuts causing lights to go out and equipment to stop and require re-setting once generator power was restored. Despite the difficulties, the team managed to complete three more complex cases, including a man who had been assaulted and required some facial rebuilding. The lack of constant electricity supply also meant that phone and internet networks were affected and it became impossible to keep in contact with the outside world. Even local phone calls between the team became an issue.

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