Monday, November 28, 2011

Spears at Suabi and Obo

Dear Friends

Thank you for your prayers and other ways in which we have been supported and enabled to serve in PNG. It has been more than 2 months since our last news – sorry. There has been a lot happening in that time, not least all the things that go with leaving PNG which has been our home for the last 8 years or so, and a part of our entire 14 years of married life. We are writing this from Australia, but will try to put a few bits of news together to give a glimpse of our last 2 months.

God Bless

Daniel, Tammy, Tom, Rosie, Sam

Mic 6:8  The LORD God has told us what is right and what he demands: "See that justice is done, let mercy be your first concern, and humbly obey your God."

On June 19 we sent out an email saying a young man from NZ had been shot with an arrow. Dr Sharon and I both attended the scene and flew with him in the MAF aircraft to Kiunga. We didn’t say much more at the time, but now this news is well known…. e.g. here, here, here and here! It was also the front page of the September MAF news, which can be found here.

It was a wonderful example of God’s provision with everything being available at just the right time. Rumginae had been without an aircraft for some time. However, only the day before, Pilot Nick had flown a brand new GA8 Airvan, P2-MEW to Rumginae, bringing a sick lady with him.  We thank God for all our CHWs who serve out in the bush. On this occasion, CHW Tebegoi stationed at Suabi was able to administer first aid and call to CRMF who then put an emergency radio call in to Rumginae. Within minutes, 2 doctors and a pilot were on their way to Suabi in rainy, cloudy weather. It was late in the day but we were able to land on the muddy strip in time.

With darkness approaching, Sharon and I gave some basic medical treatment and got him into the aircraft for the medically necessary low level flight to Kiunga.

At Kiunga hospital, there had been no anaesthetist for many months. However an anaesthetics officer had recently arrived and was working in the theatre with Dr Charlie, a PNG surgeon.  They were therefore able to take this very sick young man straight in for surgery. Sharon stayed to help, while Daniel flew back with Nick to Rumginae to get a vehicle to drive back down to Kiunga to assist if necessary and to drive Sharon back to Rumginae.

Two days later, a medivac aircraft took the patient on to Port Moresby, then to Cairns, later to Townsville where, last we heard, he was making a reasonable recovery.

A few weeks later, we heard that a PNG man at Obo had been shot in the stomach by his brother with a broad blade arrow. It was too late to fly to get him – very little night flying is possible in PNG, no night flying in the Western part of the country.

The next morning at 630am, Daniel and pilot Harold flew to Obo. The flying conditions that day were very difficult with low cloud and rain. At Obo, we found the man still hanging on to life but in very poor shape. He was flown from Obo to Tabubil where a blood bank, anaesthetist and surgeon were all available. Sadly, he died on final approach to Tabubil airstrip.


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