NEWS FROM LACOR HOSPITAL – WINTER 2023
Lacor Hospital empowers dedicated individuals, from all ages and social norms, all while underscoring the vital importance of fostering a positive legacy through healthcare, education, and volunteerism. This newsletter celebrates the universal value of compassion and contribution. We believe that everyone can play a part in making the world a better place.
Since its inception, Lacor has served as a source of inspiration and created enduring memories for numerous volunteers who had the opportunity to witness firsthand the tireless efforts of their Ugandan colleagues in caring for the most vulnerable patients. The hospital has also played a pivotal role in enabling young Ugandans to realize their dreams of becoming part of this remarkable story, where they wholeheartedly dedicate themselves to the well-being of their community and all those seeking medical care at the hospital. These individuals firmly believe in the principle of “giving back” what they have learned, aiming to enhance the quality of life for those around them.
The first two articles in this issue tell the extraordinary journeys of two dedicated Lacor Hospital staff members. Dr. Henry Ochola was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship for a Master’s in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Elolu Carolina Immacolata earned her Obstetrics degree at age 54 through solid determination. We finish by highlighting the young Canadian donors inspired by Ilaria Ferramosca and Chiara Abastanotti’s comic book on Lucille Teasdale’s transformative work at Lacor.
Thank you, readers, and happy holidays!
Dr. Henry Ochola, a 27-year-old physician, has been awarded a prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship for a Master’s degree in Epidemiology at the renowned London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
His remarkable journey began in primary school, when he earned the opportunity to attend high school in Kampala due to his outstanding academic performance in the district. Dr. Ochola continued to excel in his studies, leading to a scholarship from the Ugandan Ministry of Education to pursue a career in medicine. He attributes his success to his unwavering work ethic, instilled in him by his mother’s encouragement.
The youngest of eleven siblings, Dr. Ochola’s motivation to become a doctor was deeply rooted in his desire to treat patients like his late father, who succumbed to lung cancer when he was only two years old. Additionally, his fond memories of Lacor, a beacon of hope for his community, further fueled his determination to enter the medical field.
Dr. Ochola has been a dedicated doctor at Lacor for two years, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. His work in the maternity ward includes overseeing childbirth, guiding midwives, and maintaining medical records. He is also passionate about research and actively participates in projects aimed at enhancing the quality of care at Lacor.
His journey in medicine led him to a deeper commitment to maternal and infant health, and he believes that his upcoming studies in London will provide him with the global perspective needed to address these issues in his community.
Congratulations to Dr. Henry Ochola on this well-deserved opportunity! We look forward to the positive impact he will continue to make in the field of medicine, highlighting the universal capacity to give back to others.
Elolu Carolina Immacolata’s journey is nothing short of inspiring. With a beaming smile and a sense of pride, she recently joined the ranks of Obstetrics graduates, celebrating a significant achievement in 2023. For Elolu, this milestone holds particular significance, as her educational path had its fair share of challenges. She embarked on her Obstetrics Diploma at Lacor’s schools back in 2018, a decision that would test her determination and perseverance.
“My journey was like an obstacle course, taking me twice as long to graduate, but I refused to give up,” she confides. “I faced multiple exam retakes, watched my peers move ahead, and felt left behind… The thought of quitting crossed my mind several times, but I never surrendered.”
What truly sets Elolu’s story apart is her age. When she returned to her studies, she was 48 years old. Now, at 54, she proudly holds her diploma. Her testimony is a powerful reminder that the road ahead is not always straightforward.
As a mother of three, Elolu has a deep passion for assisting women during childbirth, finding immeasurable joy in witnessing those precious moments when mothers cradle their newborns for the very first time.
Elolu returned to Kalaki, a remote district in eastern Uganda, not just armed with her midwifery diploma but also with a Resilience Award and an incredible narrative. What once seemed like a daunting and uncertain journey has transformed into the most beautiful chapter of her life. Today, she is ready to channel her unwavering determination into serving her community, alongside the knowledge she gained from the Lacor schools, showcasing the universal value of determination and resilience
In a quiet corner of Montreal, the pages of a unique comic book bring to life a heartwarming story of inspiration. The graphic novel, authored by Ilaria Ferramosca and Chiara Abastanotti, beautifully recounts the extraordinary journey of Lucille Teasdale, a dedicated surgeon from Montreal who devoted her life to serving the people of Uganda. This tale has deeply touched young Canadians, inspiring them to give back, irrespective of their economic status. They may have been too young for grand gestures, but these children, who were just 7 years old when they first encountered Lucille’s story, donated birthday money and pooled allowances.
On the other side of the world, at Lacor Hospital in Uganda, Lucille Teasdale and her husband, Piero Corti, devoted their lives to making the world a better place. Through unwavering dedication and collaboration with a tireless team of doctors, nurses, and local staff, they transformed a humble healthcare facility into a beacon of hope. Their relentless commitment to providing essential medical care, even under challenging circumstances, was a testament to the strength of international collaboration driven by determination and care.
Lucille and Piero’s story reminded these young Canadians of the crucial role hospitals play in our lives, a lesson that resonated deeply. Their commitment inspired these young Canadians to extend a helping hand, bridging thousands of miles with small acts of kindness, reinforcing the universal value of compassion and contribution. As the New Year approaches, these children reflect on the power of giving and “paying it forward” during the festive season and beyond.
Your continued support is essential to our mission to assist Lacor Hospital. Please consider purchasing Ilaria Ferramosca and Chiara Abastanotti’s book, and sharing it with the next generation. It is an incredible work of art that promises to inspire even more children to think about how they can help shape the world into a better place. Thank you for being a vital part of this remarkable story.