From Alastair: I am tailing down my surgery commitments as we get ready to leave. I have one list only next week, and have been looking back over the last two years work. About 700 operations, 40% of them major. Shunga hospital, where I have worked consistently with Dr Henry Ndege, has the biggest operation total, but operations by me have dwindled to almost nothing as Dr Ndege has grown in confidence and competence. My visits there are now usually for support and encouragement rather than operating.
Our patient whose femur I repaired by inserting a motorcycle throttle rod was delighted to have his picture taken standing happily on the injured leg - now healed, and with the rod out.
I have also worked a lot with Sister Saba at Kabanga hospital. She is a nun, qualified as a doctor a few years ago. She is very able, good as a surgeon, and has increased her range of operations.On 30th May, Shunga village sees the celebration of 100 years since the first Christian mission to this area of Tanzania occasion. We’ll be there with hundreds of others for this wonderful