01 February 2019
A bad accident
Thursday 31 January
The day started very badly. Pippa tripped over at breakfast and fell very heavily. She was taken by ambulance to AfriMed hospital (where Ian was), a very good hospital, where X-rays showed she had fractured her right kneecap and left humerus. She had also broken her nose. The hospital arranged for her to be seen by a very experienced orthopaedic surgeon on the next day.
Friday 1 February
The surgeon, who has over 30 years’ experience in the UK saw Pippa in the late afternoon and confirmed the diagnosis. She will require operations, but he wanted further X-rays to assess the extent of the damage, these were being done that evening and then we will know what the options are. We will of course keep you posted here. Pippa is determined to carry on with our work and we will be doing as much as we can. She is in a lot of pain though and our thoughts are with her.
In accordance with her wishes, we carried on. In the morning we unpacked and checked the microscopes for the workshops. In the afternoon, while Kathy stayed with Pippa at the hospital, the rest of us went round and paid some sponsorship monies