Elder Leishman and Dan showing the almost complete
hearing test room in the audiology clinic
In January, Elder and Sister Leishman arrived in Ghana for a five month humanitarian service mission. Elder Leishman is a retired audiologist. They had returned from a proselyting mission in Indiana a few months earlier. The Church donated some equipment including a large sound proof testing room to Korle-bu Hospital. Elder Leishman was asked to come to Ghana to "advise" on the installation of the equipment and help establish an audiology clinic. When he arrived, the project construction was underway. He discovered the large testing room was one he had installed at Primary Childrens Hospital in Salt Lake City many years earlier. It had been moved to Utah State University, and was then donated to Korle-bu through the Church. The large sound proof room allows unintimidating testing of young children.
Dan Tumpi, an employee at the clinic,
operates the testing station
|Elder Leishamn and Dan
|Testing station for hearing aids
|Equipment for making ear pieces
Elder Leishman's contributions were clearly "second mile" quality. Before coming, he contacted friends and former associates in the audiology community and was able to bring several boxes of additional donated equipment. He got involved in every detail of the construction. Some things had to be redone to meet his quality standard. He purchased tools so he could help ensure the quality of the workmanship. His efforts were noticed by everyone, including the hospital administration. In a very short time, he became a respected role model. He not only got the job done, he got it done right. Dan said that Elder Leishman gave them the vision of how things should be. This may be of more real value to the hospital than the donated equipment.
During our visit to the clinic, Elder
Leishman tested our hearing. The test
confirmed that Elder Markham can't
hear higher pitches (like Sister
Markham's voice) in his left ear.
Elder Leishman prepares Sister Markham
for a hearing test.
Sister Markham is now certified
to have "radar ears."
Many Ghanaians with hearing problems
will be blessed by the efforts of
Elder and Sister Leishman.
The sign overhead is a testament
to faithful service by a dedicated
couple from Centerville, Utah.
Korle-bu Hospital Photos
Korle-bu is a very large teaching
hospital located in central Accra.
The sprawling campus includes
several multi-story buildings.
Korle-bu pediatrics ward
is always busy.
Children's and women's health
are getting much needed attention.
This is an interesting name
for the E. R.
Does the sign on the right refer to
Laura's profession (Registered Dietition),
or Aunt Mary's work (Hospice Nurse)?
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