Band-Aid for a Broken Leg
In the near future, Zombie Popcorn will interview Damien Brown. He is not only the author of the book, ‘Band-Aid for a Broken Leg: Being a Doctor with No Borders (and Other Ways to Stay Single)‘, but he is a very inspiring individual.
I am reading the book now and once I complete it we will have him on Zombie Popcorn. Until then, get to know Damien, his work, watch this video and if you have questions you want me to ask Damien, send them to me and I will ask. (you can leave the questions in the comment section below or use our contact page.)
About ‘Band-Aid for a Broken Leg’
A powerful, surprisingly funny, and ultimately uplifting account of life on the medical frontline, and a moving testimony of the work done by Medecins Sans Frontieres Damien Brown, a young doctor, thinks he’s ready when he arrives for his first posting with Medecins Sans Frontieres in Africa. But the town he’s sent to is an isolated outpost of mud huts, surrounded by landmines; the hospital, for which he’s to be the only doctor, is filled with malnourished children and conditions he’s never seen; and the health workers—Angolan war veterans twice his age who speak no English—walk out on him following an altercation on his first shift. In the months that follow, Damien confronts these challenges all the while dealing with the social absurdities of living with only three other volunteers for company. The medical calamities pile up—including a leopard attack, a landmine explosion, and having to perform surgery using tools cleaned on the fire—but it’s through Damien’s evolving friendships with the local people that his passion for the work grows. This heartbreaking and honest account of life on the medical frontline in Angola, Mozambique, and South Sudan is a moving testimony of the work done by medical humanitarian groups and the extraordinary and sometimes eccentric people who work for them.
About Damien Brown
Damien Brown is an Australian doctor who began writing seriously after his last humanitarian posting, encouraged by readers of a blog he kept while working in Africa.