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Friday, July 23, 2004


X-ray machine on way to Ethiopia

If international airfreight is on time, the prized portable X-ray machine that Wood River Valley resident Ryan Schmidt desperately needs in his work among the poorest of poor in Ethiopia should be in his hands next week.

The machine, bought through donations by family and friends in Casper, Wyo., and former colleagues at St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center, was to arrive at Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa-Bole International Airport Thursday. Schmidt is in Gimbie, a village some 250 miles by road west of Addis Ababa.

The 150-pound, $10,800 digital SourceRay SR-130 X-ray machine cost $1,200 to ship.

Schmidt, an X-ray technician on leave from St. Luke’s who went to Ethiopia under the auspices of Adventist Health International, is one of but a handful of professional health care specialists working in the area among tragically under-served people whose life expectancy is less than 50 years old.


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