Let us introduce ourselves.
Our names are Paul and Cathy Middleton.
That's us clinging to the top of an engine on one of the planes we used to fly.
You can find out about how we got to be where we are in the 'A short history of us' on the right (quite an interesting story if we say so ourselves).
This blog is basically a collection of the e-mail updates we have sent out since we joined Mercy Air in 2003, as well as some of the personal family activities we have got up to. Click on a year and read from bottom to top and it should give you a good idea of what we do.
17 March 2017
Recently we flew a second time to northern Kwa-Zulu Natal. We again worked with Wilderness Safaris who are keen to look after their staff and the communities they come from. The previous flight had seen an ophthalmic team test and distribute over 100 glasses. This time we took Hlolo and Jade from Kind to Hearing as well as a doctor and some nurses - Cathy being one of them.
Again, the flight was only an hour long but saved a nine hour road trip.
Driving to the village we experienced 'rush hour' and a bit of a traffic jam.
Cathy and Katy did some general heath checks including checking blood pressure, we found some cases of un-diagnosed hypertension and and treatment could be started.
Paul and Cathy
21 February 2017
In February, Mercy Air had the privilege of partnering with The Ohio State University when they travelled to Swaziland to provide training in Neonatal Survival. Our friends Roger and Katy Pacholka (In His Name Ministries and partners of Mercy Air) have had many years of involvement with one of the major hospitals in Swaziland and offered assistance in helping to reduce the infant mortality rate by providing training.
The Swazi Department of Health embraced the idea and a group of neonatal nurse practitioners, a neo-natologist and nurse midwives from The Ohio State University ran a course for three weeks on ‘Helping Babies Breath’ and Neonatal survival. Cathy was privileged to be part of the team as a nurse/midwife.
It included theoretical class room sessions and practical training on manikins, learning the skill of using the bag valve mask.
Our students did a Ballard Test to determine the gestational age of the babies, a useful tool as many of the women are unsure of their due date.
|Rubbing a baby to stimulate it.|
This tiny baby girl weighed in at only 900 grams, after being assessed we found that she was 31 weeks old.
Here she is after a couple of days, doing well and enjoying some skin to skin contact with mummy. Kangaroo care is frequently used for these premature babies.An interesting case was of a mother, Futhi, who was in labour for most of the day and failed to progress so was transferred to theater for cesarean section. She was very afraid that her baby might die.
|Cathy with the baby a day after his birth.|
|A baby abandoned whilst the team was at the hospital also gets care.|