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Local physicians went to Africa to save infant lives

A group of local healthcare providers took a trip to Africa to help teach and provide tools to save the lives of infants.Still0413_00000.jpg

A group of local healthcare providers took a trip to Africa to help teach and provide tools to save the lives of infants.

The program is called "Helping Babies Breathe." It's a program that teaches the initial steps of reviving newborn babies who struggle to breathe at birth.

Some healthcare providers and medical residents from Mercy Medical Center and Shasta Community Health Center spent one week in Ghana, Africa to teach midwives and others on what to do when a newborn baby isn't breathing and provided the tools they would need to help the newborns.

By using a special breathing tool provided in a kit, the newborns can begin to breathe in just a few minutes.

Mercy Medical Center physician Sarah Massatt said she had some memorable moments during her time in Ghana, especially the kids.

"Seeing like the little kids running around, sometimes with their little sibling strapped to their back, I thought that was quite touching that they trusted [them] with that and taking care of each other that way. And then their laugh [was] very easy even though they don't have much," said Massatt.

Doctor Douglas McCullin from Mercy Medical said while they were there in Ghana, the group was able to give out 70 kits.

They were able to fund the one week trip from donations and they're hoping to go back yearly to continue teaching the tools to the others.

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