Obsolete Equipment save Lives in Uganda

10/02/2011

Obsolete equipment donated by Belfast Trust has made the difference between life and death for patients at a hospital in Uganda.

Obsolete equipment donated by Belfast Trust has made the difference between life and death for patients at a hospital in Uganda.

The equipment, including syringe drivers and incubators were donated to a charitable hospital in Uganda which Patricia O’Callaghan, former director of Head and Skeletal Services in the Trust helped to establish.

Baby Saved

The baby, pictured, was 2 days old when the picture was taken. He was born with neonatal sepsis and an umbilical bleed. So tiny and ill he was expected to die but the staff had just taken delivery of the donated syringe drivers and one was used for him. Justine, the nurse said they couldn't believe the quality of equipment. The baby survived, his grandmother told Patricia they called him Agaba Patrick in gratitude to the people of Ireland.

Mark Doyle, Senior Clinical Technologist in Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children who has been involved in this project said “Belfast Trust are delighted to have been able to forward this obsolete equipment which has been used to help save lives in Uganda".

Fundraising Ball

A fundraising ball was held on 12 February in Belfast City Hall to help raise funds for the hospital in Uganda.