A local doctor and her husband will be spending 12 weeks on a mission trip to Africa. Manning Regional Healthcare Center (MRHC) has announced that Dr. Isabella Aganogbe (Bella) and her husband Ryan Bender will be leaving in February to treat people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria as a member of the Samaritan’s Purse World Medical Mission. She will practice family care, emergency medicine and obstetrics at the CME Nyankunde Hospital in the Congo and the Egbe Hospital in Nigeria for six weeks at each. MRHC CEO, John O’Brien, says they are thrilled that Dr. Bella is making the mission trip. “She does a fantastic job here at MRHC and I know that the regions she is going to will benefit greatly,” he says. Dr. Bella says she is looking forward to being able to practice medicine while also making a difference. She says the decision came about through a lifelong love and desire to participate in international medical missions. “I have been on medical mission trips before to locations like Haiti, Uganda, Mexico and other places too. Each one is unique and is a way to make a positive impact in an area that needs it most,” she says. Her husband, Ryan, is a skilled network cabling/IT professional and will be working to help the hospitals link their computers and printers together to increase compatibility between departments. The pair will be returning in April and Dr. Bella will begin seeing patients again on May 3. Anyone interested in helping fund their mission trip can do so through tax-deductible donations. Details on how to do that can be found below.
To make a donation: call Samaritan’s Purse Donor Ministries at 828-278-1555 and reference mission project #005753