Dr Loro, cbm Co-worker and orthopaedic surgeon at CoRSU Hospital

His motivation?

Dr. Antonio Loro came from a very poor family. His father died when he was 7 years old. He promised his mother he would become a medical doctor. Unfortunately, his mother died a few days after he started his secondary education, when he was only 14. He wanted to keep his promise to his mother. But, he was too poor to afford the education.

Churches, priests and his sisters helped fund his medical education.

“I don’t start the day without reading the gospel. I meditate, often I read together with my wife. I find strength in that.”

“I always told my kids: Look there is a lot of need for my services. We can help to reduce the need, to do something.”

Why did he choose to work for cbm?

Dr. Loro initially went to Tanzania on a holiday–a university graduation gift from his sister– when he was 25 years old. He wound up visiting 5 or 6 hospitals. He was so inspired, that he knew Africa would become part of his life.

After he graduated as an orthopaedic surgeon, he returned to Tanzania and worked there for ten years. It was there that he met and married his wife, a pediatrician who had the same servant heart. They had two children in Tanzania and then they returned to Italy, but Africa always remained in his heart.

He said, “There was a calling in my heart to go back there.”

One of his close friends, Dr. Fulvio Franceschi, orthopaedic surgeon and cbm worker in Uganda, called him one day and said, “Antonio, look. There is something in the air. cbm would like to do something special here in Uganda, to build an orthopaedic hospital. Are you ready?”

He replied, “Okay, let me put this in a drawer for now (laughs) and let me see what will happen.” He talked with his family and then in 2006 he applied. cbm proposed a job at Mengo hospital, but plans to start CoRSU hospital were already in the works at the time.

Why did he decide to work primarily with children?

“Children are special… because their bodies are growing. And treating growing bodies is easier for us as surgeons. They have big potential to improve a lot. So when you get a child… know that it is not just the disease you treat but that you put them on a road for a better life.”

A patient who Dr. Loro will never forget

Dr. Franceschi and Dr. Loro treated a boy with a very difficult condition… a severely deformed leg after an infection. They straightened the leg and lengthened it over a period of three years. When he turned 24, he returned to CoRSU and thanked Dr. Loro and Dr. Franceschi. The boy became a doctor, and reported to them that he is studying to become a surgeon.

“This is very emotional for me and also for Fulvio,” said Dr. Loro. “Behind it there is all the history and the effort, three years of fighting…And then you see how life changed for this boy…to become a doctor in his home country.”

How many orthopaedic surgeries do they do at CoRSU every year?

Between 3,500 and 4,000. 2,500 are children.

How important are cbm donors for CoRSU?

“Without donations we would close the ward.”

Thank you for making all of this possible.

First assessment at CoRSU Hospital