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"People working together can do great things --Tanzanian Proverb"
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July 2016 Update
Dennis Lofstrom writing:
Dear Friends of the Children of Tanzania,
The Update news this month is very sad. Mary Ellen Kitundu passed away unexpectedly. She suffered from asthma for many years that unfortunately masked symptoms of repeated small heart attacks.
She was visiting Zinga to help in the organization of the newly completed outpatient department when she experienced what she described as an asthmatic attack. Taken to the clinic she did not respond to the treatment measures for asthma. An ambulance was called from Bagamoyo to take her to Muhumbili Hospital in Dar es Salaam where she was admitted to the ICU. Mary Ellen improved with intubation and oxygen and was stabilized and extubated and appeared to be recovering, then relapsed. It was then uncovered that she was having cardiac symptoms and she was transferred to the cardiac ICU. As it happened, an American cardiac team was there and scheduled her for angiography. Unfortunately, she had another heart attack, and then another, and did not make it even to have the procedure.
Her three children in the U.S. had been informed of her condition and were on their way when she died. They were present at her funeral. They
came up to Zinga a few days later with their Uncle Jesse to see the progress since they’d been here last.
What a tremendous loss this is for all of us. But the work must go on for us at Zinga. Her final wish was for the work to continue.
The fencing crew came from Utah, not with swords and shields, but with muscle and determination. They went to work and constructed a Crayola picket fence parallel to the 179 foot outpatient building. This colorful fencing will keep the children from wandering into the roadway that runs in front of the clinic. What a GREAT job! Read more...