Ghana mission time for Rosie

PUBLISHED: 10:22 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:35 15 June 2010

Ottery woman Rosie Tomlins is heading into unchartered territory - to become the first volunteer for a new UK charity working in Ghana.

Ottery woman Rosie Tomlins is heading into unchartered territory - to become the first volunteer for a new UK charity working in Ghana.

Miss Tomlins, 19, who went to Colyton Grammar School, was inspired to join Medicine on the Move after hearing the sad story of an English man seriously injured in a car crash there.

She will support visiting American doctors who will help the charity find out the type of medical equipment and services needed in different parts of the country. But one of her tasks could be to help build a four-seater aeroplane to help a flying doctor service.

Matthew Porter was left with two smashed legs and a broken arm after the car he was driving was hit by another vehicle, whose driver was allegedly asleep at the time.

When Emma, of Holcombe Lane, visited the deprived African country last summer, she met the charity's founders and heard about their work.

Rather than simply giving equipment to hospitals and doctors, Medicine on the Move loans it out, thereby ensuring it is maintained and its users are accountable for it.

Miss Tomlins heard how, as part of his treatment, Matthew desperately needed a leg brace.

But there was only one in the whole country, so he had to fly back to the UK, where he spent 24 hours in surgery to repair his damaged limbs. He is now making a full recovery.

Miss Tomlins said: "While he was ill, he said: 'I don't want this to happen to anyone else, we need to have facilities like this in Ghana'."

During the two month trip, Miss Tomlins will support visiting doctors and medical staff.

She will spend two months working with the charity before going to Cardiff University to read medicine.

And when her five year course is finished, she hopes to return to Ghana to continue helping the charity.

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