The following was originally a guest post on New Relic’s blog.
It’s Wednesday, and I’m standing in an operating theatre peering over the shoulder of Dr. John Mugamba, the Medical Director of the CURE Children’s Hospital of Uganda, as he performs an ETV/CPC procedure on a three-month-old boy with post-infectious hydrocephalus.
To say Dr. Mugamba is an expert in his field is an understatement. Not only is he the most skilled and best-trained neurosurgeon in Uganda, but he has also performed more ETV/CPC procedures (an operation that involves draining the cerebrospinal fluid from the brain, and preventing new fluid from producing) than any neurosurgeon on the planet. Doctors from around the world come to the tiny town of Mbale to study with this brilliant, humble, and gracious man as he and the staff of the CURE hospital treat and save the lives of nearly 1,000 children with life-threatening neurological conditions every year.
The surgery I’m watching is a success, and after recovery with time and therapy, this infant boy stands a good chance of catching up developmentally and living a full and productive life. Without the procedure, permanent brain damage was only months away and death was imminent. Read the rest of this entry »