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Mar 26, 2009

Word of Works finances life-saving surgery

Story PictureThere is a saying that if there is deprivation of food, the body feeds off of its own fat. That is the case for a seven year old minor who, for the past two and a half months, has been literally living off of his own body nutrients. This is because on January eighth of this year, Moses Acietuno was in a traffic accident in which a vehicle ran over him rupturing his diaphragm and a portion of his intestines. Acietuno has undergone five surgeries to stop the internal bleeding and remove the damaged part of his intestines. And since his last operation early February, Acietuno has been in the paediatrics ward of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, without a complete intestinal track and unable to consume food. The seven year old has been in need of another surgical procedure to replace the missing intestine and a nutrients substitute, which are not available in Belize. And his luck turned today when B.E.R.T. and the Rotary Club of Belize managed to acquire assistance for Acietuno’s medical condition through a religious organization. The Word of Works Organization was touched by Acietuno’s case and is offering all paid treatment in the U.S. The young boy was prepped and flown today to the Baptist St. Anthony Hospital in Texas.

Victor Gonzalez, Paediatric Surgeon, K.H.M.H.
“Moses Acietuno is presently in a critical condition and according to the surgeon, on the seventh of January, Moses experienced an accident whereby a truck ran over his abdomen and he suffered internal damage. Initially the diaphragm was ruptured and he was bleeding inside and he further needed the surgery whereby the removal of seven hundred C.C.’s of blood and posteriorly, Moses has undergone about five surgeries and currently he is in a condition whereby he doesn’t have—a part of the intestine is missing, a very important part whereby in Belize the surgery can not be done. Now we are trying to coordinate that Moses be transferred to Texas for that surgery to be done.”

“Rev. Tim Tom, Representative, Word of Works Organization
“I received an email from John Woods about a little in desperate need. A few days later flying into the country, his daughter-in-law, Jackie Woods brought me to meet little Moses and everyone was discouraged and there seem to be no hope unless we can get him out of her to the United States for some kinda medical procedures that aren’t available here yet.”

Duane Moody
“And you and your missionary are willing to facilitate him with the expenses; the medical expenses that will be incurred?”

Rev. Tim Tom
“Well, it’s not me but we were available to find a hospital that will take all that on, both the operation and the after care”

Duane Moody
“What is the estimated cost of all this medical attention so to speak?”

Rev. Tim Tom
“I’m not sure but it’s big. I’m not sure about the surgeries and all that but even the after care is going to be a process of six months to a year or more. And the aftercare alone is a million U.S. dollars.”

Acietuno was accompanied by his mother as he took the flight to the US.

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