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  • Retired nurse Aug 1, 2007

    We are truly blessed in the USA BUT I sure hope they didn't clean it with any of that "hydraulic fluid" that they used before, don"t you????!!!

  • 68_polara Aug 1, 2007

    Please don't even compare what our rural hospitals have to hospitals in third world nations. We are so blessed in this country.

  • Timbo Aug 1, 2007

    How about we "take care of our own others"? Instead of someone else's others. People in *our* country don't have access to such equipment and I'm guessing a significant amount of *our* insurance monies paid for it anyway.

  • blondchk4 Aug 1, 2007

    "Take care of our own"? All of us are humans on the same earth, and therefore we are all "our own". All of us know what it is to be sick and/or hurt, and scared. All of us with the ABILITY to care for others, regardless of race, religion, sex, or NATIONALITY, have the responsibility to do so.

  • Spring Aug 1, 2007

    Wonderful story! I have to respond to some of the postings.... "You are suppose to take care of your own first!".
    Well, PikeMom...that's a selfish attitude. We are supposed to take care of OTHERS - whether they are your neighbor or on the other side of the world. Instead of criticizing, maybe you should act. I'm sure your assistance in gaining funds, etc. would be most appreciated by Carteret General.
    As for DC_Merlin, unless you have worked in Medical facility, you do not understand the complications, esp with billings. When you have doctors, nurses, lab, etc all keying in items, it's not uncommon for mistakes to occur. Although quite aggravating for the patient. =)
    I'm sure Duke knew the machines were in the was probably a general statement by the doctor that 'nobody knew that it was there'. An organization the size of DUHS certainly has a fixed assets accountant, internal and external audits.

  • Timbo Aug 1, 2007

    Definitely cheaper to ship it to a rural hospital in the US.

  • 68_polara Aug 1, 2007

    What a wonderful idea! Thank you Duke University Medical Center and Dr. Michael Haglund for helping people in Uganda with such dire needs!

  • imyourhuckleberry Aug 1, 2007

    Think it's awesome he's doing this. But after reading some posts, and shame on you cryin' ;), have to say I didn't realize we had so many hospitals in our country in 'need'. Maybe WRAL needs post an article of all the hospitals in need in the US so Dr. Mike doesn't run off with the equipment!

  • Rocknhorse Jul 31, 2007

    I would rather see donations going to take care of those in need HERE first! There are a lot of people without health insurance, a lot of hospitals that could use the equipment, a lot of needs here. Let's take care of our own first!

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  • DC_Merlin Jul 31, 2007

    Gee, here I was wondering why I got billed for the same thing 5 times at DUMC. I thought it was the billing department making the mistakes all this time!! Makes you wonder how a place like this can stay in business with the multitudes of mistakes, misplacements, and mismatched donors that have taken place here over the years.
    Note to anyone that has been treated here: get in ITEMIZED statement for your visit. You'd be surprised what your getting billed for that you never got (3 or 4 sets of blankets per day, etc.) Your insurance company may pay it regardless, but guess who is going to end up paying for all this mismanagement in the end?

  • mrtwinturbo Jul 31, 2007 may!! don't want it to rust away now do we?

  • toffton Jul 31, 2007

    Good job Dr. Mike.

  • carrese Jul 31, 2007

    Hey, you have to keep the Ugandan military machine up and running somehow. I'm sure with the fine Ugandan government firmly in control, they'll have no problem keeping this equipment out of the hands of Rwandan and Congolese rebels. Maybe the Dookies can also show them how to sterilize surgical equipment with hydraulic fluid. Way to go guys!

  • PikeMom Jul 31, 2007

    You are suppose to take care of your own first!What ever happened to that?We send free AIDS medicine to Africa,but yet we have people right here who can't afford to buy it.Throw them a handful of condoms and let our meds stay here.I know for a fact Carteret Hosp. could use these machines.

  • ifonly Jul 31, 2007

    Steve, exactly my thoughts.

  • Steve Crisp Jul 31, 2007

    Hey, how about they donate all that surplus equipment to rural hospitals, doctors and hospices in the United States?

  • cryinshame Jul 31, 2007

    think this equipment comes with hydralic fluid ??

  • notthemama Jul 30, 2007

    What a great cause. As a former Duke Employee I went on one the mission trips to Nicaragua. We performed heart surgeries on about 15 patients the week I was there. It was an awesome experience that I will never forget. People there have nothing and we were using old donated equipment to help them. I would do it again if I still worked there...

  • tarheelalum Jul 30, 2007

    Great story. I never thought I would say this, but Duke certainly does deserve praise for their efforts.

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