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S: Ethiopia June 2011


1: Medical Missions in Soddo, Ethiopia June 2011 Michelle Bahn-Palma & Lindsay Bahn visiting Dr. Stephanie Hail

2: Faces of Ethiopia | GO PACK GO! | Selling toothbrushes

3: Livestock (and sometimes wildlife) of Ethiopia

4: Mount Entoto, considered a sacred mountain, is the highest peak overlooking Addis Ababa | Location of the palace of Menelik II and many monasteries

5: Eucalyptus forest that is allegedly a previous location of the Lost Ark of the Covenant, a chest containing the tablets of stone on which the Ten Commandments are written

6: Entrance to Soddo Christian Hospital, where Phillip guarded us "in the name of Jesus Christ" with his AK-47

7: Soddo Christian Hospital Grounds | Dr. Steph's House

8: The hospital van that offers service to the white-skinned for 2,000 Birr and to the black-skinned for 100 Birr | Optometry office of Dr. Harry Bowers | Jailbait, the yellow-breasted chat that Angie rescud from Ethopian street children for 10 Birr

9: Obstetrical and Gynecologic Ward at Soddo Christian Hospital | Delivery/NST area | Patient getting an NST - elevated blood pressure currently, history of eclampsia

10: Operating Room Dr. Karnes & Dr. Palma | Cerclage for Cervical Incompetence

11: Lindsay's first vaginal delivery | Notice the ever-present nose picker... | Ayech Arale Induced for severe pre-eclampsia 2.8kg male neonate No name given

12: Educating the Ethiopian "nurses" in neonatal resuscitation and women's health

13: Saving the world, one pint of blood at a time (Lindsay bravely, Michelle wimpily) | Blood donation was for a girl in the Christian Hospital ICU after suffering from a ruptured uterus (Michelle) and an Otona surgical patient (Lindsay), since they let their patients blood like crazy during surgery - usually patient families are unwilling to give, even to help save a life

14: VBAC patient during labor (Michelle listening with wooden fetoscope) and after delivery (performed by Lindsay) | Otona Government Hospital | Ultrasound

15: Experiences & Observations at Otona Government Hospital: Destructive vaginal delivery Most barbaric (and traumatic for Michelle) hysterectomies EVER Worst neonatal resuscitation imaginable All "students" gawking/hanging out instead of working/learning Witnessing horrible malnutrition in infants/children (and being scolded for trying to brighten their day) Dr. Stephanie (a saint!) laying down the law Women who had delivered dead babies sharing rooms with women who had new, living babies | GYN surgical ward | Common & interesting surgeries performed: Hysterectomy Hernia repair Abscess debridement Fracture repair Prostate surgery Melanoma removal Typhoid perforation with abdominal exploration Hyena bites Knife and bullet wounds

16: Malnutrition in Ethiopia

17: The precious children, with newfound smiles....

18: Orphans of Ethiopia

19: There are children before us that we cannot help without you.... | Children's Cross Connectin Orphanage

21: The orphanage cares for almost 70 children, provided for through private funding | The children are "nonadoptable" - their parents cannot care for them, but do not want anyone else to adopt them

22: Lovin' the BAJAJ RIDES | Bajaj with the FUR

23: Panic Attack | Market Day | "What is your name?" [SMACK with branch] "My name is!" (End of sentiment...) | Yes, this gives me extreme anxiety. SO SUE ME. | This is all for sale and can be yours!

24: RUFF RIDERS (Ultimately, probably a dangerous situation.)

25: Visiting Tamarat 4 1/2 months old | After birth, 31 weeks gestation | Getting weighed (and urinating) in my backpack | Siblings/Cousins | No diaper. Why would you? Toddler t-shirt. Why wouldn't you? | 2 1/2 pounds at birth, now almost 12 pounds

26: Obviously he's REALLY enjoying his snack! | I'll play with your genitals if you pick at my butt! | Greedy!

27: Arba Minch

28: RIFT VALLEY | Stephanie, Wendy, Rosie, Lindsay, & Michelle

30: Crocs and Hippos | Crocodiles and hippopotamuses, found in the Nechisar National Park, are both considered deadly predators Despite this, you see several fisherman out in these waters on rickety rafts, with nothing to protect them from these animals

31: Don't get too close!

32: Chencha, home of the Dorze people

34: Banana leaves | Sugar cane | Elephant house

35: Lion killers, after a long, hard day in Chencha

36: Random gathering of children accumulated during a stroll.....

37: Arba Minch | Buying pirated movies | Addis Ababa | Dorze village | Shopping

38: Placenta soap? | Always chaos....

39: Anesthesia machine

40: "You can pick your nose here, it's fine." | Mosquito netting to prevent malaria | Must be a new brand, I've never heard of Crust! | This painting is called "Angry Vagina" or something incredible like that.

41: A memorable experience, but there's no place like home! | The Bowers

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