Last December, Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers' surgeon Dr. Matthew Grunkemeyer took his medical expertise - and his family of six - to Kenya to treat patients at Kijabe Hospital, a faith-based mission hospital about an hour-and-a-half north of Nairobi, Kenya's bustling capital city.
Organized through Samaritan's Purse, an international relief organization, Dr. Grunkemeyer spent nine weeks performing orthopaedic surgeries at the 350-bed hospital, which serves roughly 180,000 patients annually from both Kenya and neighboring African nations.
"My role was to help out the Kenyan orthopaedic surgeons who were already there. I was there over Christmastime, so it was actually very helpful for some of the Kenyan surgeons to be able to get a break and spend some time with their families."
And while he was there to help, Dr. Grunkemeyer says he also learned quite a bit from the Kenyan surgeons, discovering techniques for dealing with challenging cases with limited resources. "They have to be more creative and maximize limited resources. They are ingenious, intelligent and skilled surgeons, so it was fun to learn from and work with them."
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