Carnegie-Collier Rotary organizes purchase of surgical gowns |

Carnegie-Collier Rotary organizes purchase of surgical gowns

Dr. Graham and Marilyn Johnstone of Franklin Park arrive in Niamey, Niger, in West Africa, for another medical mission. Niamey is Niger’s capital and the country’s largest city. As an orthopedic surgeon, Johnstone has visited the continent many times to perform operations. Only two of their seven bags were missing.

Doctors in Niger will be protected by surgical gowns recently acquired with help from the Carnegie-Collier Rotary.

The local Rotarians initially pledged $500 for surgical gowns to help protect Franklin Park doctor Graham Johnstone, 70, who is in the country this month performing surgeries. He’s taken 12 such trips over the past several years.

Ultimately, Allegheny General Hospital on Pittsburgh’s North Side covered the price of the gowns, Rotarian Dana Craig said. The gowns, valued at $2,500, were shipped on Nov. 4 by Brother’s Brother Foundation in North Side, and will arrive in two to three months.

Johnstone will serve the mission of Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons at the SIM Galmi Hospital. He and his wife, Marilyn, began a trip to Niamey on Oct. 27.

The Tyvek isolation gowns are fluid resistant and lightweight. A special coating will provide a shield against blood splatters and other fluid-borne illnesses, Craig said.

Johnstone is expected to perform nearly 50 orthopaedic surgeries during his month-long stay. Officials shipped fewer than 50 gowns, Craig said, though he could not provide an exact number.

“We were excited to be able to help provide ….the Carnegie Rotary Club with this advanced protective gear for delivery to those who need it so desperately,” said Dan Laurent, spokesman for Allegheny Health Network.

Before the doctor retired, he was affiliated with Greater Pittsburgh Orthopedic Associates in Wexford.

“Graham is charitably inclined, a model citizen, active in his church and community,” Craig said.

Dona S. Dreeland is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5803 or [email protected].

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