Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

News

April 9, 2014

DCMH nurse delivers healthcare, spiritual care

GREENSBURG — Anyone who’s ever traveled internationally – especially to any third-world country – has probably been counseled to, “Don’t drink the water.”

Even a large portion of people who’ve never traveled outside the United States are probably familiar with that handy, potentially life-saving recommendation.

There’s one bit of advice, though, that most people in America, regardless of their travels, have probably never encountered. It’s a fragment of wisdom that probably would have saved Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) OB/GYN nurse Tammy Sidell, RN, a great deal of suffering during her recent philanthropic trip to Zimbabwe had she known it: “Don’t drink the guinea fowl broth” – at least, not without boiling it first.

The “broth” incident happened on the next-to-last day of Sidell’s January trip with FAME (Fellowship Associates of Medical Evangelism), a faith-based, philanthropic-relief organization that provides free medical care in third-world countries, focusing largely on Haiti and various African nations.

According to the group’s website (fameworld.org), “FAME exists to provide healing for the whole man through medicine and evangelism.”

Sidell is an enthusiastic member of FAME and has been part of eight mission trips in her three years with the group. During the January trip to Zimbabwe, she estimated, about nine people came along. That team consisted of doctors, other medical professionals and non-medical personnel as well, since FAME welcomes any and all – regardless of medical training – to volunteer for the organization’s non-profit missions.

FAME, Sidell said, is part of the World Health Organization (WHO), an arm of the United Nations that functions to promote and improve the health of the international community.

The WHO, explained Sidell, focuses intensely on third-world nations, where over-population and rampant poverty make it difficult-to-impossible for citizens to receive even the most basic medical care. The United States, she said, pays an annual fee to be part of the WHO, which is expected of each of the world’s developed, affluent nations.

Text Only
News
  • Fire destroys barn in Alert ALERT – Investigators have been unable to determine what caused a fire that destroyed a barn in the tiny community of Alert Friday evening.Westport Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jay Maddux told the Daily News the extensive damage to the structure,

    August 21, 2014

  • Spaghetti boosts Special Olympians GREENSBURG – For the fourth consecutive year, Decatur County Special Olympics athletes got a boost from a local fundraiser that was equal parts beneficial and delicious.The annual Decatur County Special Olympics Spaghetti Dinner took in $1,600 Friday

    August 21, 2014

  • nws-gb082114-motorcycle accident pic Man airlifted after motorcycle accident GREENSBURG – A Waldron man was airlifted from the scene of an accident Tuesday evening after he lost control of his motorcycle on a rural road and crashed in a bean field.Decatur County Sheriff Greg Allen said Raymie Davis, 52, was southbound on CR 7

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-gb082114-teen accident Teen thrown from car GREENSBURG – A 16-year-old Decatur County driver suffered several injuries and was ejected from his car after crashing on a rural roadway Tuesday night.The teen driver, whose name was not released Wednesday, sustained a broken collarbone, cracked ver

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-gb082114 unemployment photo July: Decatur had highest number of jobs in more than a decade GREENSBURG — Decatur County employers provided more jobs in July than in more than a decade.The county’s businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations in July counted 12,907 employees, the most since November 2002, according to prelimin

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Decatur County Events Calendar Local clubs, service groups, fraternal organizations and others are encouraged to send their Coming Events information to the Daily News at news@greensburgdailynews.com or Daily News, PO Box 106, Greensburg, IN 47240.Aug. 2211 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Baked

    August 21, 2014

  • 'Family Connections' looks to empower families “Family Connections’ mission is building strong families. We believe by building strong families we build strong communities. We empower families to become the best they can be,” points out executive director Connie DeBurger. The southeastern Indiana

    August 20, 2014

  • nws-gb082014-cookie theft mug Girl Scout Cookie fund theft charged GREENSBURG – A man accused of stealing from a child’s Girl Scout Cookie fund now faces a local theft charge alongside drug-related offenses in a nearby county.Police arrested James K. Sparks, 30, on Monday, following the issuance of a warrant from th

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Events Local clubs, service groups, fraternal organizations and others are encouraged to send their Coming Events information to the Daily News at news@greensburgdailynews.com or Daily News, PO Box 106, Greensburg, IN 47240.Aug. 2211 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Baked

    August 20, 2014

  • nwnws-gb082014 record corn crop photo 2 Record crop, but low prices worry farmers GREENSBURG — Decatur County farmer David Miers said this year’s corn plants look better than any he has seen in all the 44 years he has raised crops.“The corn crop this year, at this point … best corn crop we’ve ever raised,” he said. “It’s absolutel

    August 20, 2014 2 Photos