BANGOR – Two doctors from St. Joseph hospital traveled to Kenya to treat patients with massive Goiters.
A Goiters is an enlargement of your thyroid gland, something uncommon in the U.S. due to better medical treatment.
Saving the world starts one person at a time. For Doctor Starks and his assistant, Helen was just the beginning.
“We were walking through, were looking and saying oh that’s a good one, that’s a good one…. Wow…. There’s Helen” said Tracy Bennett, a Physicians Assistant. “Helen was little. Her Goiter was not”.
“The thyroid procedures we did were some of the most complex ones I’ve seen in my practice.” said Dr. Mike Starks.
One person with an enlarged thyroid becomes two, that becomes three, and before long, they had fifty three people, in three operative days.
For Dr. Stark and Bennett, paying your own way to Kenya to treat people in need has its difficulties. Bennett said “We lost power. They had fans cooling the generators”. But difficulties only makes a more skilled doctor
“I had to rely on me and my diagnostic skills, not so much on a cat scan” said Dr. Stark.
This is something that Kenya residents can appreciate. Dr. Stark said that Helen tried to give Bennett a chicken as a thank you. “I knew I couldn’t bring it back. It was a wonderful gift, but I was able to decline it.”
Luckily, with one click of a button, Dr. Starks is able to check in on Helen and his patients, thanks to Facebook. “She’s doing really well” said Bennett on Helen.
And although saving the world might be the end goal, it all starts with one act of kindness.