Doctor Helps At-risk Women in Ethiopia

Doctor Helps At-risk Women in Ethiopia

Since 2010, Dr. Mark Karnes has been on-call “24 hours a day, seven days a week” at the 140-bed Soddo Christian Hospital in the Wolaita region of southern Ethiopia.

Dr. Mark Karnes likens the work he does to a well-known Christian proverb: “Teach a man to fish, and you’ve fed him for a lifetime.”

Both as a Christian and an OB/GYN, he hopes to achieve a lasting impact in Ethiopian healthcare by treating at-risk women and instructing other medical professionals there.

The 1967 Heath High School (West Paducah, Kentucky) graduate grew up “right on the McCracken and Ballard County line,” eventually moving to Cameroon for five years as a medical missionary after his internship. Dr. Mark Karnes said he again “felt called” to Africa with his wife, Allison, after 25 years of practicing in Michigan.

The couple returned to Paducah in April for a funeral and to visit with family. While in town, he spoke with The Sun about his medical career overseas.

Since 2010, Dr. Mark Karnes has been on-call “24 hours a day, seven days a week” at the 140-bed Soddo Christian Hospital in the Wolaita region of southern Ethiopia.

“Christ first healed people, then taught them,” Dr. Karnes said. “Part of our work is (also) training African doctors in the field of surgery, so they’ll be able to carry on.

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