A heart diagnosis machine and its accessories worth thousands of United States Dollars were last Saturday donated to the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital by an American citizen, Nancy Word.
The equipment is used to monitor the heart after surgeries such as angioplasty, bypass, or other procedures affecting the heart. It also monitors the effects of medication as well as, after a heart attack, stroke, or other
The executive director of the Gbowee Peace Foundation, Piso Saydee Tarr, who made the presentation on behalf of Madam Word, said the donation was meant to alleviate the plight of patients suffering from heart problems.
Word said in her communication that “The total package includes a laptop, a printer and a rolling cart for the equipment.”
The Gbowee Peace Foundation director revealed that Madam Word decided to donate the diagnostic machine in her effort to directly touch the lives of Liberian citizens, particularly in the health sector. She stressed that “the donation would help doctors and nurses working in the hospital’s diagnostic section to treat patients with critical heart issues.”
She further quoted Word’s communication as saying, “My trip to Liberia changed my life and I felt the notion that I wanted to do something in this country.”
She added, “I saw and felt the compassion and love that was delivered at the hospital with so little equipment to use. It was when I asked the doctor there what she needed and she told me that they needed an EKG machine. That request was etched on my brain.”
“So, a year later, with help from Telemed Situations, a company in California, USA, and a team of students at the Texas University, along with my daughter and son-law, they helped to configure the laptop with a solid hard drive to make it last longer. They also installed a long lasting battery.”
Madam Word said that she was dedicating the equipment to Madam Leymah Gbowee whom she described as “a force of nature from whom she (Madam Word) has learned a lot, through her every endeavor, including Leyma’s peace initiatives.”
Madam Tarr thanked the management and staff of the hospital for working so hard in the area of providing medicare to the people of Liberia.
Receiving the equipment, the executive director of the hospital, Patrick Nshairndze, thanked Madam Word for the donation which, he said, would be used to save many lives in the country.
According to him, “We have been suffering from the lack of an EKG machine, because the only one we had at the hospital got damaged two months.”
He said the donation would “boost our capacity to help patients in severe need of heart diagnosis. He gave assurance that the hospital would use the machine to the benefit of the general public.