BANGOR– While many of us in Maine are dealing with snow storms, one doctor is getting out! He’s off to 90 degree weather to help those in need in Kenya.
According to the American Thyroid Association, more then 1% of Americans will see problems in their thyroids in their lifetime, but with fewer medical treatments in Kenya, thyroid disease can be much more prominent.
“Some of these are for Goiters where people can’t even straighten out their necks” said Dr. Michael Starks, a General Surgeon at St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor.
Dr. Stark is traveling to a small town in Kenya called Magory for twelve days with the “Kenya Legacy of Hope”, but he’s not just dedicating his time, but his money. He’s paying his own way, as well as a fellow nurses. A Physicians Assistant is also paying to travel with the group. They’ll see over three hundred potential candidates who have qualified for the surgery, and doing 8 to 12 operations each day. Tracy Bennett, the Physicians Assistance says they’ve been collecting donations from the hospital, as well as looking online for equipment to do the surgeries.They’ll be leaving on the 18th for their trip of a lifetime. “Many I get just as much out of it as the benefit I provide to other people” said Dr. Starks about his trip.