While health care, insurance, and skyrocketing costs are a red hot topic in the U.S., we certainly expect that when we walk into an emergency room, medical tools will abound. From the most baby-faced medical students to busy nurses to skilled surgeons–everyone has access to the bare minimum at least, as we know it.
Now, let’s imagine a different scenario. You are having chest pains so you go to the ER. You walk into a bare bones medical center, and in order to listen to your heart, the doctor actually leans down to put his head on your chest in hopes to hear that irregularity in your heartbeat–as well as to begin diagnosing you, based on his findings.
Or, let’s say your child has a terrible earache–but upon meeting the doctor or nurse, you discover it will take some time to look into his ear because there is only one medical device for all medical staff to use, and someone else in the hospital is using it. No, this wouldn’t be some sort of prank–it would be life in a medical center in Gaza, where poverty and strife reign over everything else, due to political tug-of-war, chaos, invasions, and blockades in place and maintained by Israel and Egypt.Read more