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Nigeria Medical Mission Trip 2014

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Nigeria's is a country that produces over 2 Million barrels of oil a day which puts it in the top 15 of all oil producing countries. It has a population approaching 180 Million which ranks it in the top 10 in most populated nations.

Now for the ugly side. Nigeria is currently ranked 187th out of 192 countries by the World Heath Organization. Its health care system both State and Federal are currently on strike. Life expectancy in Nigeria hovers around 50 years of age.

In 2014 GEANCO plans on taking on a problem of epic proportions. GEANCO and its surgical team are preparing to tackle a problem that continues to grow at an alarming rate. Motor vehicle accidents and the trauma associated with them rank Nigeria 191st out of 192 countries. More hospital beds are taken up by MVA trauma then any other cause. These patients usually between the ages of 15- 35 are maimed for life and most can never walk again. They become non functional members of a society and end up being more of a burden on their family if they don't get the proper treatment. In the USA if there is an accident 911 is called and you will get your leg fixed. In Nigeria you are left on the side of the road to fend for yourself.

With the help of our donors we plan to put in place a self sustaining fracture system (SIGN Nail) in 2014. Our surgeons and staff will train local Nigerian surgeons on the fracture and trauma techniques we currently use in the United States. We plan on doing as many procedures as we can so when we leave, the local surgeons will have the knowledge and skill set to dramatically reduce the number of Non unions. the best part of this system is that SIGN will then replace that implant for free. Thats correct free implants for life.

Please join me in raising funds to help make this trip a success. We need all the money we can get to send our nurses and caregivers to Nigeria in November. Im asking you to give what you can afford, as you will be giving these these young patients a new lease on life. The picture below is of a young gentleman named Debo. In 2013 we borrowed a system from a hospital 100 miles away from where we were operating and he can now work again and support his family.



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