A Day In the Life Of FAME Medical: Emergency Response in the Bush

What a week! Three bad car accidents, one in Serengeti and two in the Crater, and a heart attack. It started Sunday evening when a French family arrived — Mom, Grandma, and teenage boy. Grandma had begun experiencing chest pain and feeling nauseated out in Serengeti. After waiting for help for 4 hours, her driver guide learned about FAME and brought her our way. Just as Frank was getting some definitive information by EKG, a family of three from Spain arrived. Having been in a roll over car accident out in Serengeti, they all looked terribly banged up and traumatized. Their vehicle flattened and driver detained, a Good Samaritan rushed them to FAME. The team assessed all three and miraculously none were seriously injured. After the nurses gave them gowns and got them comfortable in Room 5, Dr. Gabriel stitched up Dad’s head and then cleaned up the contusions on the little boy’s eye and knee. The next morning, we medivaced our cardiac patient to Nairobi, where there is a cardiac ICU. This is the second such case in two weeks.

Caroline Epe