A busy summer in Africa, from Mozambique to Ethiopia

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September 15, 2009

Categories: In Action,

While Global Rescue’s personnel have been very active in Africa this summer, due in part to the growing numbers of safari enthusiasts in our ranks, the nature of the missions are anything but predictable.

The last injury you might expect on safari is a detached retina from a bumpy ride in a jeep. But that’s exactly what happened to one of our members, who called from Mozambique to report of a loss of vision in one of his eyes. After Global Rescue doctors and Johns Hopkins specialists recommended he see a specialist immediately to prevent further damage, he was evacuated from the bush in Mozambique to Johannesburg where he was evaluated at a medical center of excellence. Our member had his retina successfully re-attached there and further damage to his eye was averted.

A few months prior, Global Rescue medically evacuated a hunter who had suffered a stroke in the highlands of Ethiopia. That was the beginning of what would be an eventful season in Africa: a 16 year-old girl bitten by a Vervet monkey in Zambia, a woman with an injured rib in South Africa after being knocked off the jetway at the airport and countless other medical calls from Nigeria, Kenya, Liberia and Tanzania.

As of this writing, Global Rescue had dispatched a security team, led by a former Navy SEAL, to Uganda to rescue a 22-year-old woman who was trapped in a house surrounded by rioting tribesman and gunfire. Be sure to checkback with Rescuewire to find out how that operation is resolved…


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