FORT SMITH (KFSM)—Dr Nasser Adjei, a cardiologist at Sparks Health System, is wanting to assist medical facilities in his home country.
“I grew up in Ghana, and I left Ghana when I was very young, and went to medical school of course and ended up here,” he said.
Dr. Adeji said he never really went back until he got a phone call about his father who was very sick.
“When I went and I saw the bed my father laid and died in the hospital, I thought there's a better way of treating someone who was sick,” he said.
Adjei said the Tamale Central Hospital is the second largest hospital in the northern region of Ghana. Its two doctors serve more than 100,000 people. Without enough beds, patients are often put on the floor to be treated.
“You can`t get well if you`re sick and laying on the floor, and I just thought that it was a small piece that I could do myself to help,” Dr. Adjei said.
Sparks donated 60 beds to the hospital last month, but Adjei spent around $6,000 of his own money to get them shipped from Arkansas to Ghana.
He said not all of the buttons on some of the beds would work because of the differences in electrical systems.
“Just having a bed to lay on was more than anything,” he said. “They were very excited, and that just made me even happier than I thought I would be.”
Dr. Adjei said he plans to continue working with hospitals and organizations willing to help get beds and supplies to other countries and places in need.
He also spearheads Sparks Health System’s annual heart event. This year the health fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 14th at the Fort Smith Convention Center. The event is free. For more information, click here.