By Anne Marie Amacher
The Catholic Messenger
DAVENPORT — “We are so thankful,” Susan Skoglund told members of the various Knights of Columbus councils who raised funds to buy a new ultrasound machine. The executive director of Pregnancy Resources Center said the new machine allows for ultrasounds to be offered in the office when a sonographer is present.
Bishop Thomas Zinkula blessed the new machine Aug. 30. “Through the help of technology we cooperate with the creator to improve our life on earth, and we are able to peer into the wonders of what God has made. Let us, therefore, bless God as we use this ultrasound machine for the good of those who come here seeking care. Let us never forget to offer praise to God, who is the true light and the fount of that water which springs up to eternal life.
Previously, the center used a laptop machine that was shared with the office and the mobile medical unit called Hope. “Now we have a dedicated unit here and one for Hope.”
Knights of Columbus councils from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish-Bettendorf; St. Peter Parish-Buffalo; Holy Family, St. Alphonsus and St. Paul the Apostle parishes in Davenport, raised $12,500 over the past year and a half, said KC District Deputy Sean Kessel. The supreme council matched the funds for the 2D ultrasound machine.
It was determined that the fetal heartbeat can be detected earlier in pregnancy on a 2D machine versus a 3D or 4D machine. This was an important feature, the Knights and Pregnancy Resources decided.