Right after my last post on medics who entered their profession because they really cared about changing lives, it seems another one of them has been taken away from us.
It has just come to our attention that the British student in this article from The Times was a medical student at Jesus College doing her elective in rural Uganda. Laura Alexandra Case, 24, was killed in a road accident last Sunday. From her project description, forwarded to us by our Director of Studies, it can be seen that Laura truly wanted to make a difference in a part of the world with serious deficiencies in healthcare:
As part of my final year of medical studies at UCL I have the exciting opportunity to spend two month in a hospital anywhere in the world. The hospital I have chosen is situated in rural, South Western Uganda, near the Rwandan border.Laura was also involved in research that would help the hospital prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission, in a hospital where the inpatient rate of HIV is nearly 40%.
This will be a fantastic opportunity to see medicine practiced under very different conditions and constraints to those I have encounter in the UK, as well as introducing me to a very different disease spectrum to that which I have gained experience in so far in my training. The hospital’s staff to patient ratio is incredibly small by western standards, with approximately 5 doctors for 200 medical beds. In this setting medical students provide much needed support to the consultants and I am very much looking forward to the challenge of a far greater level of responsibility in comparison to that which I have in the UK. (Source: Laura Case's project description)
It is my firm belief, whatever her religious beliefs were, that she is in a better place. A far better place.
Rest in peace, Laura.