Ganta Hospital Loses Dr. Mathew in Tragic Fire

The Ganta United Methodist Hospital Family expresses our deepest condolence to the Mathew family, the Christian Dental College of Ludhiana, India and our partner community at large for the sudden death of our beloved son, brother and colleague, Dr. Shane Sam Mathew.

During the night of September 3, 2017 a fire occurred at his residence on Ganta United Methodist Mission Station. Regrettably, upon the arrival of the hospital and mission station family the entire building had been engulfed with uncontrollable flames of fire with no way for anyone to enter. Sadly, every effort applied to rescue him was to no avail.

The late Dr. Mathew was sent to us through our partnership with Christian Dental College in Ludhiana, India.  Dr. Matthew worked with us serving as our dentist and the only dentist for the entire region of northeastern Liberia.  He also served as Instructor for the only nurse dental practitioner program in the country.  As a young man with Christian heart for the profession he chose, he showed compassion for his patients and worked diligently.  His tragic departure from us is traumatic to the entire staff of Ganta Mission Station and the United Methodist Church of Liberia.

Dr. Mathew was a quiet, soft-spoken, friendly and compassionate person.  His faithful and dutiful service was exemplified by his daily attendance to chapel, his response to regular and emergency patient needs and his general uplifting relationships with all he came in contact with.  His smile, his quiet manner, his commitment to service will be missed.

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