Love Gala to support African doctor

Dr. Sister Mary Margaret will be in Campbell River May 15, asking support for her work in Uganda

The University of B.C.’s Division of Plastic Surgery has become involved in training and partnering with surgeons in Uganda, Africa.

Dr. Robin Evans of Campbell River knows the region and its desperate needs.

He’s had the privilege to meet Dr. Sister Mary Margaret who is a surgeon in a rural hospital in Soroti, Uganda. The hospital she works in is a dilapidated building that services a catchment area of many millions of people.

She treats trauma, burns and performs 10-15 C-sections per day.  In addition to austere conditions, there is a lack of sustainable means to provide electricity to the hospital.

The generator that is used today is from the Second World War and has now become unrepairable. Without the use of a generator they are unable to sterilize instruments and perform the life-saving operations that are desperately needed.

It was with tears in Sister Margaret’s eyes, that she told Dr. Evans, “I will not bury another mother and baby because they did not have the instruments available to perform a C-section.”

Sister Margaret is coming to Campbell River on Wednesday, May 15 to speak at the Generate Love Gala.

“As there is no formal medical society, I thought we could meet together and hear her speak and share dinner together,” says Dr. Evans.

On Wednesday, at the Maritime Heritage Centre, there will be an amazing dinner provided by Quay West, followed by a silent auction and a full bar.  Safe rides home will also be available throughout the night.

Tickets are $100. Come out and help raise some much needed funds for this wonderful surgeon and her community hospital.

Tickets are available from Dr. Evans (250-830-0053), the Campbell River Hospital Foundation (250-850-2418) and Marisa Baikie (250-830-8278).