Our Heartfelt Thanks

Our heartfelt thanks to many of our wonderful supporters last month, including:

Dr. Steven Kirsch, DDS, of El Toro, California, who provided a prosthetic dental device for a young Christmas Island girl who suffered terrible head injuries a year ago, and was so embarrassed by her appearance that she refused to come outside her parents home. See the before and after picture … it was a perfect fit and she is proud to be seen now!

Optometrist Dr. Scott Pike of Portland, Oregon provided a new special set of eyeglasses for the Line Island’s only dentist, Dr. Parfait, and she can now see clearly… and won’t be pulling the wrong tooth!

Line Island’s only dentist, Dr. Parfait shows off her new glasses.

Line Island’s only dentist, Dr. Parfait shows off her new glasses.

More than 10,000 Metformin tablets for diabetes were provided the Ministry of Health on Christmas Island by endocrinologist Dr. Elizabeth Beale, professor of clinical studies, Division of Diabetes and Endocrinology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. Dr. Beale is also our diabetes team leader.

Coumadin for heart patients was provided by cardiologist Dr. Alistair Fyfe of Dallas, Texas, (Cardiology Associates of Dallas)  as well as special INR testing strips to determine the level of medicine required for each patient.

Christmas Island patient before treatment.

Christmas Island patient before treatment.

Christmas Island patient after treatment.

Christmas Island patient after treatment.

X-Ray film, dark room chemicals and a new X-Ray apron for the technician on Christmas Island was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Willis Preston of Tyler, Texas. It was the Prestons who originally set up the X-Ray facility at the small hospital last year.