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Medical Lifeline for Families in Indonesia

  • December 13, 2010

Without the life-saving medications donated by AmeriCares through the Medical Outreach Program, 24-year-old Hadinata would have drowned in the 40 pounds of fluids filling up his lungs, legs and abdomen.

As it is for so many people who live in rural villages in Indonesia, Hadinata had no real access to medical care. And even when he could trek from his village to a clinic, there was no guarantee the medications needed to manage his condition would be available.

Thankfully, AmeriCares recently partnered with Project ASRI to improve healthcare to the areas served by the organization. Their clinic had just received an AmeriCares donation of medical supplies – including the medications needed to help save Hadinata’s life. After two rounds of treatment, his lungs and limbs were clear of the built-up fluids that threatened to kill him.

“After several visits to the clinic, he was able to return home feeling great,” said physician Kathleen White, MD, who volunteers at the nonprofit ASRI clinic. “Thanks to AmeriCares, Project ASRI and so many others who care, there is wonderful good being done here.”

AmeriCares commitment to provide clinics like Project ASRI with antibiotics, ointments, sutures and so many other medications and supplies helps assure these essentials are available when an illness, injury or disaster strike. Though as the parents of 8-year-old Tari might attest, disasters are often relative.

Brought to the Project ASRI clinic in November 2010 with a fever, vomiting and severe abdominal pain, Tari received medications that weren’t available before AmeriCare’s donation.

Said Dr. White: “For a while, we were unsure what we could do for Tari. But she went home from the clinic with no abdominal pain at all. And on follow-up, she was a bright, smiling, happy little girl. We are so grateful to have these supplies, and so are all our patients.”

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