Stories about: neurosurgery

Building neurosurgical care in the heart of Africa: One doctor’s story

Warf with the Ugandan hospital’s first five surgical patients

In 2000, Benjamin Warf sold his house and a small farm in Kentucky and left his position as Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the University of Kentucky. After giving away most of their possessions, Warf, his six children, and his wife boarded a plane for Uganda, believing they were leaving the United States for good.

It was the beginning of an extraordinary six-and-a-half-year journey, fraught with violence, racism and difficult living conditions. Warf, at the age of 42, quickly went from being a respected neurosurgeon with many friends to being the strange white man people pointed to and laughed at on the street.

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When n=2: A Mom’s foray into translational research

The twins' first cyclodextrin infusion bottles. Could this Febreze ingredient halt damage to their brains caused by Niemann-Pick Type C?

“Guess what just happened this afternoon?” It was late September, and Chris Hempel had just received an amazing communication from the Food and Drug Administration, and I got to be among the first to know. She’s not a doc, and not a researcher (in the usual sense), but a Mom out to save the lives and brain function of her identical twin girls. She is a force of nature powering a very small corner of translational research.

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