A C-arm is a mobile x-ray machine designed to produce dynamic x-ray sequences to help, for example, surgeons to insert screws in various bones.These pieces of equipment are very expensive and we were hoping to find a company that would donate a C-arm. But talks with Philips, Siemens and Ziehm in Germany didn’t result in any such donation. In January 2010, Dr John flew to Miami to talk to GE. But the result was the same.
A solution finally materialized thanks to the Peruvian company Tecnasa. The owners of the LIma-based company imported the machine from Korea and gave it to us at cost – without making any profit.
Thursday night, at around midnight, the valuable piece of equipment was unloaded. Moving the heavy x-ray machine, which weighs about 600 kg, was not easy, and Oebele de Haan and Augustín Landeras as well as the night-shift guards had to put in some sweat equity.Inside the hospital, Technician Markus Rolli pressed the button, and the machine turned on. After four years, our efforts had paid off.