Dr. Rebecca, one of the PNG Rural Registrars that comes to train periodically at Kudjip, recently referred a patient to us. Jackson had recurrent lung infections for several months after aspirating a foreign body.
We praise God for supplying the right resources at the right time to treat our patients. Just a few months ago Kudjip Hospital received new rigid bronchoscopy equipment, allowing us to look into and extract objects from children’s airways. Few hospitals in the Highlands have this type of equipment.
Dr. Ben and I were able to successfully extract the object from Jackson’s airway and discovered it to be a thumbtack! Upon further questioning, we discovered that while he had been using the thumbtack to clean his teeth, he had laughed and inhaled the tack. Let this be a lesson to us all: do not laugh while cleaning your teeth!