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FLOATING DOCTORS - Blue Fields Emergency Ultrasound

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Uploaded on Jan 7, 2012

How can you check if a Ngabe Indian woman's 5-month old fetus has survived her head-over-heels tumble down a muddy mountain slope in a remote part of the Ngabe Indigenous Reservation (Comarca)?

During our recent visit to Bahia Azul, 37 miles away in the Comarca, a woman and her husband came paddling to our clinic one morning having slipped in the mud and fallen heavily down a hillside.

They were very anxious to see if their baby was still alive. Normally her only option would be a day-long travel by small boat (and only in good weather) to the nearest health services.

Having portable ultrasound is one of the most valuable services we have been able to provide--it fits into a small backpack, and we have used it in every conceivable terrain during 4 major missions throughout the Caribbean.

When patients cannot come to medical care because of geographical, economic, cultural, or other barriers, medical care must come to patients. Being able to employ 21st century diagnostic tools in these communities, as in this case, is an incredibly valuable service to be able to provide.

What would be her options if we hadn't happened to be there that day? Log on to www.floatingdoctors.com and support us now with a monthly subscription.

$5 a month can make a huge difference in someone's life. Donate the cost of a sandwich once a month to make ultrasound and other services available to more patients such as this young mom-to-be.

Visit www.floatingdoctors.com today to see how you can help!

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