Mission Bush Pilot and Nurse

After spending three years in Guyana, South America, we have now moved to Bewani, 50 Km south of Vanimo, Papua New Guinea. We have started a new humanitarian aviation ministry here. In visiting with health officials and church people here, the need for an aviation program to reach into remote villages became very apparent. We are taking health workers and medicines/vaccines, into remote village airstrips and bringing out critically ill patients to the hospital. We also fly in educational materials for schools, as well as take in Bible workers. Toni is helping with the medical end of things, while Gary takes care of the flying part. We have several local lay missionaries we sponsor and we do ground transport for patients as well. We are volunteers here to serve our God and the unreached people of Papua New Guinea. We have a great need for more people to join in this effort.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

IV nurse to the rescue

Wednesday afternoon we received an urgent request from the health post to take a child to the hospital who had cerebral Malaria and was convulsing. We went right away to see what the situation was. It was a young girl, 3-5 yrs and semi comatose. The medics had been unable to get an IV started in her collapsed veins and she appeared to be on her way out. Toni asked to try to start an IV. One of the villagers standing at the door watching was whispering to the others, "white lady is doctor". I was praying and Toni was praying that the angels would help her to get the IV in after so many other tries had failed. First poke on the back of the child's hand and she was in! PTL. We rushed back to the house to get things ready to travel to town as they got the child ready for transport. If we had had the plane, it would of been about a 15 min flight instead of 1.5 hrs by road and would have been a lot smoother too. We stopped a couple of times en route to give injection and for convulsions. She was still alive when we arrived at hospital. We had planned to come to town on Thur. (Thanksgiving day) anyway as Toni was teaching a first aid class that evening and I needed to go to the border to get the last of the cement I need to finish hanger floor.
Hope you each had a happy Thanksgiving.
Gary n Toni

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