Community Efforts Pay Off for Tanzanian Child to Get Lifesaving Surgery at Shriners Hospital in Cincinnati.
CINCINNATI -- It took nearly two years to bring a boy with a burn injury more than 8,000 miles from Tanzania to Shriners Hospitals for Children History
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a network of 22 pediatric non-profit hospitals across North America that provide all care at no charge. In 1920 the Imperial Session of the Shriners was held in Portland, Oregon. in Cincinnati for lifesaving surgery.
Four-year-old Asubuhi suffered a severe burn in 2005. His family brought him to a clinic for care following the injury, where he was seen by Christopher Lewis, MD, a family medicine physician and president of Village Life Outreach Project (VLOP VLOP Virtual Library of Philosophy ), Inc., an organization that assists people of the Tarime District Tarime is one of the five districts of the Mara Region of Tanzania. It is bordered to the South by Lake Victoria and the Musoma Urban, Musoma Rural and Serengeti District Districts, to the North and East by Kenya and to the West by the Kagera Region. of Tanzania, East Africa.
The VLOP health team returned to Asubuhi's village in October 2006 hoping to find that his wound had healed. Unfortunately, the team was taken aback when Asubuhi was spotted across the room with flies buzzing around the still open wound on his head. "Asubuhi and his family live in a mud hut without running water and the graft never healed - leaving him with an open wound on his scalp," notes Lewis. "He had lost weight and just looked terrible with a wide open scalp wound. We knew he needed urgent medical care that would only be available in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. ."
Traveling with VLOP was Brad Jackson Bradford Jackson (the second) is a voice actor who resides in the Dallas- Fort Worth area of Texas. He works for FUNimation. His most notable role is as Oolong (Dragon Ball) in Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, and Dragon Ball GT. , MD, a pediatrician pe·di·a·tri·cian or pe·di·at·rist
A specialist in pediatrics. and president of the Cincinnati Medical Association (CMA CMA - Concert Multithread Architecture from DEC. ), who is familiar with Shriners Hospitals and their work with international patients.
"Once I saw Asubuhi, I knew that without medical care he would probably die. I knew a collaborative effort was needed," noted Dr. Jackson.
Shriners Hospital in Cincinnati was then contacted after the trip to ensure the hospital could provide the medical treatment needed to heal Asubuhi's open wound.
Asubuhi arrived in Cincinnati on Monday, July 2. He'll be evaluated by the burn team at Shriners Hospital, with plans for him to have surgery within the month.
For further information visit on Village Life Outreach, visit www.villagelifeoutreach.org.
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