Meet Dr Bert Oubre (Medical Director of ECWA Hospital Egbe) and Precious
I was super excited to see Dr Bert again! He had just moved to Nigeria before I arrived last year for my quick 2 week visit and we had a great time working together (it was mostly me tagging along trying to absorb as much as I could — he is an incredible surgeon and a great doctor). Dr Bert trained in the USA and did his surgical residency in Austin Texas. He has spent many years working all over Africa, Asia and in the USA. He founded a not-for-profit organization that funds a hospital in Chad. His lovely wife Debbie (you will meet her later) is an RN and they have children who are all grown-up living in the USA and Australia. They welcomed their first grandchild last year and both Dr Bert and Debbie glow when they talk about him. Although Dr Bert’s official title is general surgeon, I think he is willing to try just about anything in the operating room if he thinks he has a chance of saving someones’ life. He does a lot of orthopedics, abdominal surgery, ENT, GYN and burn care. He talks in a slow steady way and has a very dry sense of humor. He is the only surgeon in the hospital right now so he is on call 24/7 which is not easy — but he handles it with grace. In the picture above you see that he is holding a very young lady who I would now like to introduce you too.
Her name is Precious. She really is just that! She is less than one year old and is very reserved, watching us doctors and nurses with suspicious eyes. When I finally got her to smile on my second day here it was incredibly cute. She has a loving mom and grandmother who brought her to the hospital a few months ago with concern about a mass that was growing quickly on her neck. When she came back for her follow up this month the mass was considerably larger, so after much prayer and consideration Dr Bert took her to the OR and was successful in removing what appeared to be 3 large cystic hygroma’s clumped together on the side of her cheek and neck. She came through great and although there is still some post-op swelling and maybe a very small nerve injury around the corner of her mouth, she should look like a different girl in a few months. We are all praising God for her successful surgery and the opportunity she has to grow up with-out having her breathing tubes in danger of being compressed by such a large mass.