A patient from Côte d'Ivoire who had lost his homestead due to civil war managed to regain his health through surgery performed at the HJ Magnolia International Medical Center (HJIH) in Korea.
The HJ International Medical Center disclosed on October 11th that it had provided a surgery and rehabilitation program to a patient from Côte d'Ivoire who had suffered difficulties in walking due to degenerative arthritis through the 'Overseas Medical Sharing Project 2023' organized by the HJ International Medical Center and the Aewon Volunteer Organization and sponsored by the Gyeonggi Provincial Government.
In 2010, SANGU-NDONGU, a patient from Côte d'Ivoire, lost his homestead and job due to the civil war, and began earning a living by serving.
No longer able to bear pain in his knee that started around the time of an accident, he visited a hospital for the first time in 12 years, where he was informed that he needed to undergo surgery.
He was in a dire situation, unable to afford the costs of expensive surgery with no guarantee of success, when he was informed that he had been selected as a recipient of 'Overseas Medical Sharing Project' of the HJ International Medical Center. As such, he arrived in Korea this September to undergo surgery and was able to regain his health.
Dr. Jong Hyeong Kim, the director of the Medical Center, disclosed that, "I am grateful and delighted that we are able to offer the gift of better health to a patient in Côte d'Ivoire through the use of the advanced medical technology of Korea… We will continue our efforts to make the excellent medical technology of Korea known more widely and to protect the health of the global community in the future."
"I am truly grateful to the HJ International Medical Center, Aewon Volunteer Organization and Gyeonggi Provincial Government for freeing me from 12 years of pain and giving me the joy of walking again," said SANGU-NDONGU.
HJ International Medical Center and Aewon Volunteer Organization have been performing surgery support projects by inviting overseas patients since 2020.
As such, they have been identifying and providing surgical support to patients facing difficulties in receiving treatment or unable to be treated due to the low level of local medical care in their respective home countries, including people in Côte d'Ivoire in 2020, Zambia in 2021, and Thailand and Kenya in 2022.
Furthermore, they have been providing voluntary overseas medical services including medical support and the provision of pharmaceutical supplies to Cambodia and the African island nation of São Tomé Príncipe since 2019.
This year, HJ International medical center is continuing to strive to provide the best possible medical services to the patients, such as by introducing the latest artificial joint robotic surgery equipment.