LONGVIEW/GREGG COUNTY (KYTX) - All year Longview Regional Medical Center and Good Shepherd Medical Center have been gathering all sorts of medical equipment. Now they're shipping 30 pieces of technology and 300 boxes of basic supplies to a hospital being built in Kenya. Doctors say this will mean a major leap in medical technology for doctors in Kenya
"You really want to do something to help those people and at the same time you feel kind of helpless."
Dr. Anita Scribner is an Infection Disease Specialist at Longview Regional Medical Center who has done mission work hospitals in Kenya.
"We noticed that there was a lack of equipment. They hardly had anything and what they did have was second-hand, usually from Europe or the United States."
So Longview Regional Medical Center and Good Shepherd Medical Center have been storing equipment that can be put to use in Kenya's new Lutheran Hospital in Kisumu.
"They donated sterilization equipment, operating microscopes, they donated ultrasound machines, they donated hospital beds."
And one of the many items the Longview Regional Medical Center say they're proud to donate to Kenya is a C. T Scanner. It's used as a special kind of x-ray, equipment they do not have in Kenya."
"It's already over there and has been installed, and it's the only working one in that area."
Dr. Shribner says the hospitals are sending the medical equipment to non-profits like Longview's Bootstrap for World Wellness and it will be shipped by The Orphan Grain Train by boat to Kenya.
"It's very important because the hospitals in those areas are very poor."
And conditions are desperate, some patients have to share a hospital bed if they have one at all.
"They don't have medications to give the patients, they don't have clean bandages, they don't have screens on the windows and there's flies, they don't have air conditioners."
More motivation for the Longview hospitals to continue to donate...
"The people that participated in the entire process may never see the good that they've done but someone will."
Scribner says right now the equipment is in North Oak, Nebraska waiting to be shipped to Kenya. She says the medical equipment should arrive by mid-February