Donation of medical equipment09.05.2012- Mercy Ships couldn’t be fully operational without the generous donations of various equipments. This includes donations of state-of-the-art medical material, such as diagnostic and testing equipment for the hospital on board the ship.
For example, one of the pieces of equipment recently donated is the Cell Dyn 1800 Hematology Instrument from the company Abbott. It is used to screen patients before, during and after surgery, and can indicate if infection is present, if the patient is anemic and if the patient has an adequate clotting mechanism for surgery. During surgery, this instrument will tell the surgical team how much blood has been lost and if the patient needs a blood transfusion. A much needed equipment!
Kossi Hlonvo, came to the Mercy Ships patient screening in desperate need of medical care. He suffered from a facial tumor that had been growing since 2005 and threatened to entirely block his air passage. For Kossi, it was already a miracle to be selected at the screening for further tests. One of the important tests that Kossi needed in order to be accepted for surgical treatment was the analysis of his blood, which was performed by the Cell Dyn 1800 Hematology Instrument. The speed and accuracy of this hospital workhorse confirmed the precious “all clear” for Kossi to receive a surgery date. Kossi was jubilant!