American doctors donate $25,000 to eye clinic

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012


BACOLOR — American doctors Eric and Vicky Lohse donated on Wednesday some $25,000 worth of medical equipment to the Ambulatory Surgical Eye Clinic (ASEC) of the Jose A. Datu Medical Center (JADMC) through the Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF).

The donation was formally received by KDF president Benigno Ricafort during the fellowship dinner with the doctors at the Bale Kapampangan here. The donation was part of the commitment of the Lohse couple in helping with the KDF mission.

The couple was invited to the KDF mission by Filipino expatriate Dr. Leticia Drapiza who is a volunteer of KDF to help in the free cataract surgery missions of the KDF this week.

Drapiza said the couple responded favorably to the invitation and even came up with some $800 in additional corneal lenses used in the operations. She said that their group is always ready to help KDF in whatever way they can.

“The experience is something that we would cherish. We have also made an inventory of the other equipment needed for the clinic and we will try our very best to contribute further,” Drapiza said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Eric Lohse said they had a wonderful time with other volunteers of KDF in the cataract missions. He added that they will try their best in bringing more support for KDF in terms of equipment

“KDF has a wonderful facility there and we hope that you can serve more poor people needing eye health services,” Lohse said.

Lohse is married to wife Vicky who traces her roots to San Luis town in Pampanga.

Vicky came to the Philippines after 37 years of living in the United States to help in the missions.

Meanwhile, Ricafort expressed his gratitude to the doctors for their donations.

Ricafort said the new facility will greatly expand the scope of medical services that are currently provided by KDF which include medical missions, free clinic consultations, minor operations among others.

KDF is an organization of Kapampangans who live outside of the region, yearning to do their share in its social and economic development. It boasts of a continuing prosthesis program that gives artificial legs to Pampanga amputees, wheelchairs and medical-surgical missions to amputees.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on January 18, 2012.

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