Healthcare Hero: Nigerian doctor honoured by American Red Cross

by Lekan Olanrewaju

The Illinois Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross recently held it’s 7th annual Heroes Breakfast, and honoured 11 heroes from various walks of life. They span in age from as young as 7 to as old as 69.

Those honoured were Bill and Austin Wilhour, Jack Sunderlik, Ray Wiedle, Evan Stevens, Dr. O.B. Idusuyi, Brooklyn Sheppard, Joe Solomon, Rebecca Schick, Kyle Romadka and Elbert Betts and have made differences in fields from healthcare and education, to community service.

Among them is Nigerian Doctor, O.B. Idusuyi (pictured in the 2nd column of the 2nd row), who was this year’s Healthcare Hero.

Based in Springfield, he is a surgeon with the Orthopedic Center of Illinois. He used his own resources to build a free health-care clinic in Nigeria, and makes biannual visits to the clinic and personally pays the salaries of the staff.

Below is a video of his colleague, and the doctor himself speaking about the hospital and the award.

Stories like this are always inspiring. We say a big congratulations!

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