Neuro-Simulator Introductory Week: Part One

The Neuro-Simulator Introductory Week is progressing well, thanks to an incredible team effort. This event is a first, as you all know, and has engaged everyone from KBNF, not just from Ghana and Vancouver but also: the University of Toronto team; the Canadian High Commissioner and his team; the Foreign Affairs Dept in Ottawa (they have been engaged in ensuring that the website coverage is acceptable); the Research Council in Montreal; KBTH (both the administration and neurosurgery department and the Anatomy Department which is superbly led by Fred Addai); two Ghanaian television stations (TV 3 + Ghana Broadcasting Corp); and individuals hat include the Hesse’s and Seth and Nii Otu.

John Sampson (DrUMM) helped immeasurably in finding Gloria Peprah, Broadcaster for GBC. She in turn ensured that I located Joel (broadcaster for TV3) and both arranged media coverage of the week’s events. Jocelyne and I had Gloria and Joel stay with us here in Vancouver during the Vancouver Olympics, and now consider them like family.

Dr. Adriana Lopez, Neuro-Simulator Team Neurosurgeon / Mentor and Melissa Cunningham, Researcher, arrived Sunday evening and were met at the airport by Sammy. Dr. Lopez and Melissa have been staying at the Hesse’s new rental apartment (adjacent to their own apartment) during their stay. With its three bedrooms wand private bathrooms, a full kitchen and living room, the pair love it. Dr. Lopez and Melissa have a designated driver for the week. The drive across the city is substantial each day but these ladies, having never travelled to Africa before, feel safer staying close to trustworthy and supportive KBNF family members.

Can you Hear the Angels Sing?

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Vraeyda Media announces the release of Rev. Prof. Seth Ayettey’s first book Can You Hear the Angels Sing?, a memoir on grace, faith and healing in West Africa. Both adventure and treatise on humanitarian efforts, Can You Hear the Angels Sing? is a glimpse into the breath of the miraculous, and the heart of a modern day humanitarian.

In October 2010, Professor and Pastor Seth Ayettey was assaulted in his home. Shot and left for dead, he and his family experienced a series of miracles that culminated in a choir of angels. Now you can read his memoiron experiencing the best and worst of mankind, and how grace will save lives.

In collaboration with Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation, partial proceeds of Can You Hear the Angels Sing? will be donated to enrich health care and education in West Africa.

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WHO-GIEESC: Part Three

Harry Akoto’s efforts to reach Trinidad and then return home included taking a bus ride throughout the night and returning from the city he had just flown into to save us several hundred dollars! It is servant hearts such like those found in Paul, 0Harry, Chris and David, that makes KBNF what it is today.

The request of the World Congress of Surgery, Obstetrics, Trauma and Anesthesia (WCSOTA) to provide frontline neurosurgeons for this conference was beautifully met by this expert team of heart powered servants from four countries and diverse backgrounds. At the conclusion of our neurosurgeons presentations, one seasoned listener waited until all questions were asked and then presented one simple question himself: “What can we do to help you?” We learned that he is the president of an international Christian surgeon’s association based in Southern California and has access to many capacity-building resources. In spite of conflicting international conferences, he had attended our neurosurgery sessions to hear of our vision and offer support. His sincere and repeated offer to our individual team members inspired our team and we anticipate this is the tip of the iceberg as we move forward in the months and years ahead.

Without champions, sustainable development is not achievable. With champions, the sky’s the limit and we choose to fly!

A Big Thank You

I just want to take this opportunity to send a sincere thank you and my appreciation for all the help and support you provided to the Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation (KBNF) on 5 October 2013 at the Walk for the Bu. With the weather co-operating, it was great success!  This event could not have taken place without your help!

As this is only our 2nd annual Walk for the Bu we are still in the development stage. If there are any suggestions on how to improve this event please feel free to forward me your ideas.  Our Executive team will be looking to review all the suggestions in November to make adjustments to the walk next year.

Thanks again to all our volunteers!

The Udohs Get Their Miracle!

Here’s Marj with the next chapter of the KBNF and Udoh family escapades!

David and his family travelled to Lagos to pursue Italian transit visas. As they were heading to the Embassy, David received a call from the Canadian Embassy, instructing the family to report to the High Commission. The taxi detoured and the group made their way to the Canadian Consulate, wondering what this all meant.

David recalls, “We got visas at Canada Embassy. No questions. Thank you, Marj. My love to Team KBNF. What an unbelievable “Never Say Die” oraganization. Can’t wait to see you all. Love, the Udohs.”

Nadia and Joyce, our travel agents, worked so hard to figure this all out one way or another. Thankfully, we’ll have the Udohs in Trinidad for the conference! Everyone, including Mark Warawa’s office, worked diligently to try to ensure that all pertinent information was received. When I was washing my hands at the kitchen last Sunday, the words came to me spoken by Winston Churchill: Never give up, never give up, never give up! I took that message as a sign that we were to persevere. Then a chorus came to me: God has a 1,000 ways, to answer every prayer . . . no good will He withhold, from children of his care.” I told Danny, and we prayed for a miracle. Well, we have one. And just in the nick of time!