Latest News from Rae Oranmore-Brown

I am currently in Livingstone for a ‘rural block’ – experience of surgery out of the main teaching hospital in Lusaka. It is approx 300 miles from Lusaka. I am enjoying the smaller hospital environment and I am working with some fantastic colleagues.

I have been extremely fortunate to meet up with friends whom I have known for many years who live on a dairy farm outside Livingstone. They are putting me up in their home whilst I am here – so lovely to have a ‘home from home’! Livingstone is situated in the Zambezi valley, so the temperatures are higher than in Lusaka: I have the treat of having a swim after work on a hot day!

The clinical work is rewarding: many of my patients travel from the surrounding rural areas for surgical treatment not available where they are.

RaeOranmoreBrown

Trauma Study News

I am currently writing up my thesis: initial results of the Trauma study show a quarter of the patients are victims of road traffic accidents; the age group most affected by trauma were 0 – 11 years old; and less than 10% of patients are brought to hospital by ambulance, indicating a pressing need for improved pre-hospital care in Zambia. The study results have been accepted for presentation at the annual international Emergency Medicine conference in the USA.

The Future

I am completing the last few months of my Master’s Degree in general surgery. I am hoping to work as a surgeon for Mercy Flyers,
depending on available funding.

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