WICHITA – Missionary refugees, Pastor Saw Kay, his wife Amy and son Peter are new to modern medicine and hadn’t had the luxury of routine doctor visits as part of their normal, everyday lives back in Burma.
“It takes months to see a doctor in Burma,” Kay said. “America’s system is different, better technology.”
The Kays recently had first-hand experience with the American healthcare system – and the kindness of the Wichita medical community – when Kay received a needed brain surgery at Wesley Medical Center thanks to the generosity of the hospital and several local medical providers.
“As one of the largest medical centers in the Wichita area, we were pleased to be able to provide this surgery for Mr. Kay,” said Hugh Tappan, Wesley president and CEO. “It was simply the right thing to do.”
The Kays found a safe haven with friends in Wichita after suffering religious persecution and fleeing five years ago from their home in Burma. The family was eventually taken in by Sunrise Christian Academy superintendent Robert Lindsted. The Lindsted family had sponsored refugee families before, and with their daughter and her family currently serving as missionaries in Burma, he thought his family would be a good support system for the Kays.
Now very close friends, Kay recently told Lindsted he wasn’t feeling very well, sharing that he had trouble seeing and was having body aches.
“I could tell that he wasn’t feeling well,” Lindsted said. “I decided to reach out to one of our Sunrise Christian Academy parents, Dr. Tom Klein, to see if he could take a look at him.”
Kay’s visit with Dr. Klein was life-changing. The 47-year-old pastor learned he had diabetes and that his blood sugar levels were dangerously high. Saw also learned through an MRI test from Cypress Imaging Center that he had a large brain tumor.
“Doctors will traditionally order an MRI test if they have a patient that is having problems with their vision,” Dr. Klein said. “I reached out right away to Dr. John Dickerson to see if he would remove it for him.”
On Sept. 6, Kay underwent a successful three-hour surgery at Wesley to remove the benign brain tumor. Dr. Klein, Dr. Dickerson, Cypress and Wesley all donated the medical care for Saw.
“I am thankful for the care,” Kay said. “These wonderful people and hospital have saved my life.”
For more information about Wesley and its services, please visit www.wesleymc.com.
Wesley Medical Centeris the region’s leading acute care hospital network providing a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for patients throughout Kansas and northern Oklahoma since 1912. As a leader in Overall Recommended Care, Wesley treats more than 24,000 patients annually and delivers more than 6,000 babies – more than any hospital in a 13-state region. Wesley provides the most extensive emergency network in Wichita, with Wesley ER, Wesley West ER and Galichia ER. Wesley owns and operates Galichia Heart Hospital, WesleyCare Clinics and the Pediatric Center of Kansas. To learn more about Wesley Medical Center, please visit wesleymc.com