Austin W.I. Metting
TheSt. Patrick’s meeting of the Austin W.I. took place at the home of Lisette Maille on Wednesday, March 14th with the help of co-host Lise Desbois. Patients wait to see a doctor outside the hospital. teams who rotate in and out of the hospital make the best with what they have. Dr. Sisson and his group were provided with a cook, a driver, and two translators to help them communicate with their patients. However, he said, because residents of the region speak about 70 different dialects, even with the translators there was often a communication barrier. However, in spite of that he was confident they were able to provide excellent healthcare.
No matter how tough life is in the region, he said the people were happy, friendly, and appreciative of their work at the hospital. Without the hospital and the foreign doctors they’d have little in the way of modern healthcare.
“One patient I saw walked two days to see us,” Dr. Sisson said. “He’d cut his hand almost a month before. When I saw his injury we took him right into surgery. He would have most likely lost his hand if we hadn’t been there, but we were able to save it.”
No matter how big or small the problem, he said the people were so appreciative. “It doesn’t happen every day that you can make a difference in somebody’s life but I think we made a difference there every day.”
Even after his long, arduous trip to the rural hospital, and working 12 hour shifts, six days straight, followed by a long journey home, Dr. Sisson said he arrived back home to the United States, and to his job at North Country, refreshed to take on any challenge.
“I came back with a renewed energy,” he said. “I have a new appreciation for how good we have it.” However, he emphasized that he, his wife, and the Lupos’ will not forget about the people of Ethiopia. They plan to take another medical mission to that country in the future.
– Peacefully, at the Trillium Centre in Kingston, Ontario, on March 13th, 2012 in her 98th year. Born May 2nd, 1914, in Broderick, Saskatchewan, to Finnish immigrants John and Josephine Niemi. As a young woman, this ever-venturesome child of the prairie came east first to work in Ottawa as a wartime draftsperson and later to marry, raise a family, and teach. As a lifelong believer in formal education, Ellen taught mainly in the Fitch Bay and Three Villages area of Quebec’s Eastern Townships and later on the south shore of Montreal. In her retirement, she travelled extensively around the world. Predeceased by husbands Henry Ashley Smith and E. Laird Wilson. Also predeceased by sisters Linda and Siiri, brothers Eino, Walter, William, Arvo, Neilo (Neil), Reino (Ray), Tauno (Don), Hugo and granddaughter Claire Bernadette. Loving mother to Howard Smith (Karin Steiner), Rodney Smith (Sheila Sanders) and Nancy Niemi and to stepson John Wilson. Missed by grandchildren Lara, Daniel (Ophelia), Rebecca, Derek, George, Bradley and by great-grandsons Ryan and Kyle. Sincere thanks to the wonderful staff members at the Trillium Centre for their attentive care. Cremation to be followed by a later ceremony at Apple Grove Cemetery on the Cedarville Road, close to her beloved former property on Lake Memphremagog near Beebe, Quebec. Donations to the Alzheimer Society or other health organization would be appreciated.
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