A German-born Turkish footballer Emre Can donated a dialysis machine to a hospital in Turkey’s eastern Bingol province on Monday.
Can, born in Frankfurt to Turkish parents, decided to donate the machine to the hospital after he learnt about his ailing neighbor Aysel Onuc, 54, who cannot spend summertime in her hometown Kigi due to unavailability of a dialysis machine.
Italy's Serie A Juventus' player contacted local authorities in Bingol to donate the machine to a state hospital in the district.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Murat Baynal, deputy manager of Bingol State Hospital, said Can reached out to him for the donation.
Baynal added that the machine was installed in the dialysis center that is ready to serve patients in the district.
A local from Kigi, Sevgili Erinc, 67, who has been undergoing dialysis treatment since four years, said she no longer needs to go to Bingol city center as she can access to the dialysis machine in her town now.
“I appreciate Emre Can,” she said, adding that it takes less time to reach the machine than ever before.
*Writing by Muhammed Enes Calli