Local doctor uses his own money to pay for people who can't afford surgery


A local surgeon is using his own money and passion for his career to help out people who need surgery and can't afford it.

The doctor who has his own practices around the area and also works in OhioHealth Grant Medical Center and Riverside Methodist Hospital. He has been covering costs for five years and he said, has helped over 50 people.

The doctor said he doesn't do this for recognition, so we decided to leave out his name.

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We found one of the patients he helped, Jerry Williams who is a veteran.

Williams told us four years ago he was riding his bike on High Street when a car came around a corner fast. He said he thought the car was going to hit him so he dove off of his bike, and that's when he said his ankle hit the curb.

He thought it was a sprain until the went to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center and was sent to see a specialist.

"The surgery was 90,000, he had to rebuild my ankle I had no more bone there, three bones came out," Williams said.

The only problem with this is he said, he couldn't afford it.

That's when a miracle happened. He said the doctor offered to pay for the surgery and the costs himself, which the doctor did.

"I probably wouldn't be able to walk the way I walk now and surprisingly I can actually run," Williams said.

Williams asked us to share his gratitude with the doctor and when we did he said it means the world to him to know he is impacting someone in a positive way.

He said he does it mostly out of the goodness of his heart and out of his own pocket. The doctor said yes, his practice loses some money with these good deeds, but doctors take an oath to help people.

The surgeon said he doesn't necessarily choose people, he gets a call from Grant or Riverside to help patients who have trauma cases, infections or urgent medical needs.

He will pay for the cost of the operating room, office visits, dressing supplies, x-ray costs, the surgery itself, the cost of his services, and usually 90 days afterwards.

He said he doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon.

"It would be very difficult to have somebody in front of you that needs help and to tell them I can't do it for whatever reason."