Captain’s Log-21 February, 2015-Boga Gunshot Attack and Medivac

I was out in Uganda overnight taking a plane for maintenance and on my way back with Dave Jacobsson yesterday when we got the word to come directly to Nyankunde as soon as we could with the parts for our 206. Our scheduler Laura Harkonen got the word that there had been an attack at Boga about 26 miles away and a young man had been shot in the legs. Our 206 had a voltage regulator problem so we were bringing back spares to repair the issue. Although Larua was sick, she pre-flighted for me as Dave changed out the regulator and test ran the plane. Our ground crew, led by Kazi, got seats out for the stretcher and fueled up.

Loading a stretcher in the Cessna 206 is a tricky thing if you still have the seats in to carry a couple of care givers.

Loading a stretcher in the Cessna 206 is a tricky thing when you still have the seats in to carry a couple of care givers.

Boga is an interesting airstrip on the side of a hill with quite a steep angle. It makes it easy to stop going up and a nice kick in the pants as you take off downhill. But if you are not on your speed and on your glideslope as you land, a go-around can be tricky. It has to be planned well in advance. There was a big crowd to welcome me and the whole incident was better than television for the people in the area. I picked Dr. Samy out of the crowd as he waved a cheery greeting to me. He had given first aid, but although most bleeding was slowed, the cloth that covered hi was soaked with blood and I had to clean a puddle off the floor when I landed in Nyankunde after the short 15 minute flight. The parents came along to take care of their son in hospital and we had lots of help loading. The hospital isn’t equipped to supply food for the patients and it falls on the family to take care of those details.

Lots of volunteers helped carry Patrick to and from the plane.

Lots of volunteers helped carry Patrick to and from the plane.

After I returned from another flight I went up to visit “Patrick” and found him comfortable as could be expected. He had been seen by the doctors and his bleeding stopped. His knee is pretty blown out and it is still to be determined how we can best help him with the resources we have here. There are no big knee replacements like in the states or Europe.   Anyone have a spare and the knowledge to put it in? As I was leaving, Patrick asked if I had any water. He was very thirsty. Cher had brought some food and drinks to another one of our MAF patients earlier and I went over to them and asked if I could use their cup and some of the water. Lilas was more than happy to help and I brought the water over to Patrick. I don’t say this because I am such a nice guy. I am not. But sometimes all you can do is give “a cup of cold water in Jesus name,” and we do need to do what we can. Even if it seems small.

Trying to make Patrick comfortable and pray with him before our flight back to the hospital.

Trying to make Patrick comfortable and pray with him before our flight back to the hospital.

Hey, as an update on Maud Kells, she is doing very well. Although she still has a lot of pain and there is a hole in her back that is slowly healing from the inside out, she always says, “I am getting better every day!” I flew her and Dr. Matthias and Sabine, who have been caring for her daily since the evacuation, from Nebobongo and they stayed with us for the night before departing for Entebbe, where Maud will go on to Ireland. She hopes to return soon to continue her work here in the remote part of Congo. She is an amazing woman.

Lary and Sheryl Strietzel and Cher and me with Maud on a recent stay after she got out of the hospital.

Lary and Sheryl Strietzel and Cher and me with Maud on her recent stay after she got out of the hospital.

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13 Responses to Captain’s Log-21 February, 2015-Boga Gunshot Attack and Medivac

  1. Dan Fahey says:

    Hi Jon, that is great work you are doing there. I am in Mali for the moment on a consulting project. Best to Cher.

  2. LuAnne says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a stretcher medevac, with seats, in the 206! That looks awfully tight! Great to hear these stories!

  3. Dianna G. says:

    It’s fun to read the blog and also read the replies! PTL for the faithful prayers of mothers!

  4. Dimons says:

    Great update. Thanks for taking the time to share. We are so looking forward to getting in on this work.

  5. Helen Cadd says:

    I love what you are doing, Jon–and I really like your blog. Now let’s work on getting it into a book so many can be blessed and challenged! I pray for you and Cher constantly, and love you tons!!! MOM

  6. Paula Fuller says:

    Thank you for the blog!!! We just finished with IPS . Got to see Larry and Sheryl.. GOD BLESS YOU ALL FOR WHAT YOU DO IN JESUS NAME. LOVE IN HIM Paula

  7. Well done Jon! Never a dull moment.

  8. Ruth Hartman (Donna Jacobsson's mother in Boise, ID) says:

    PTL for using the EDRC MAF Team for “Miracles of HIS LOVE” and those who receive care all to HIS PRAISE, HONOR and GLORY!

    • Jon says:

      Thanks Ruth, Your family is doing great things here and we love them. Really good people that are such an asset to the team. blessings,Jon

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