Wings of an airpline take the hands of a doctor around the globe where they can do a world of good.
Dr. Dion J. Arthur, of Premier Orthopedics & Spine Specialists in Hamlet, returned last month from a third mission trip to Nairobi, Kenya.
During the trip, he has instructed members of the Maasai tribes on spinal care. In addition, he has volunteered his services to see patients that had no other care available to them. He worked closely with the primary spinal surgeon while in Nairobi.
“The work was very gratifying,” said Arthur. “I recognize the needs of maintaining the highest standards of care wherever my mission work takes me. I plan on providing this service as long as I am capable.”
The trip took place over a couple of weeks this past August and he had to contend with the international arrival terminal of Nairobi burning down on his anticipated day of arrival. This was his third trip and he plans to return.
“I would like to be able to continue to bring my expertise to needful locations, both here and abroad,” he said. “While in Kenya, I met with a wonderful and caring staff in a dedicated facility to serve the poor and indigent. I love my work and I love being able to educate, inform and guide others to help improve on their spinal condition.”
“It was refreshing to see how self motivated the patients were, in order to get better,” said Arthur. “For example, I saw two young ladies paralyzed from the neck down, simply because resources were unavailable at the time of their injuries,” he said. “However, with their attentive care at the rehab part of the hospital they were learning how to cope with this drastic change in their lives.
Arthur has been an active board member of the state spine society and served as its president from 2008 to 2009.
Arthur has an independent surgical practice and enjoys serving his patients.
“I have a very unique spine practice in that I see all my patients personally,” said Arthur. “My practice emphasizes specialty services including workers comp patients and railroad employee injuries. My practice was the first of its kind in the state of North Carolina to offer concierge-level of service to invited patients.”
Arthur has an independent surgical practice and he has also been specializing in the most advanced microscopic disk surgery in the Richmond County area for more than 16 years.
— Staff Writer Iris Hunter can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org