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12/26/2013 6:01:00 AM
African pastor gets new hip in Prescott
Courtesy photoBertrand Kaper, M.D., left, a Prescott orthopedic surgeon, and Pastor Greyson Badatu, pose for a photo during Badatuís follow-up visit with the doctor after his hip replacement surgery in early December.
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Bertrand Kaper, M.D., left, a Prescott orthopedic surgeon, and Pastor Greyson Badatu, pose for a photo during Badatuís follow-up visit with the doctor after his hip replacement surgery in early December.
Karen Despain
The Daily Courier

When Pastor Greyson Badatu returns to Tanzania at the beginning of the New Year, it will be the first time in 22 years that he will walk without pain.

That long ago, Badatu fell and hurt himself while he was playing in a soccer game as a professional. The pain never subsided, he said, and he believes prophecy spoke to him all those years.

Forces came together when he met Steve Reid of Prescott, who had been volunteering for Reach Global Mission with his friend, Eric Belz. Reid has been to Tanzania three times in the past 12 months. As fate would have it, Belz introduced Badatu to Reid on one of those trips and told him about his bad right hip. "I began to pray about what we could possibly do" to help him, Reid said. "The question weighed heavy on my heart."

Even though Reid spends a lot of time doing missionary work, he is a licensed physical therapist. Once he met Badatu and knew of his condition, he texted his friend, Bertrand Kaper, M. D., a Prescott orthopedic surgeon, asking him if he would be willing to travel to Africa or if he had any connections to physicians in nearby areas who might give Badatu the care he needed.

Kaper replied that if Reid could find a way to get Badatu to Prescott, he would line up the resources here where he could get state-of-the-art medical care.

Reid, a member of Heights church, received donations from the church's missionary group, and his family and friends as well, to cover the cost of Badatu's flight to Prescott. In early December, he underwent successful direct anterior total hip replacement surgery at the Prescott Outpatient Surgery Center, with the services of the center and Kaper all donated.

Badatu, a Christian, is pastor of a church in Gongo La Mboto, near Dar es Salaam, where he lives.

As Reid related, that Badatu would come to the United States for surgery was prophetic on three levels.

The first was in 2007 when he was with a group of pastors in his home and one said, "One day you're going to America. The Lord is speaking." Badatu answered, "I have no money."

The second prophecy came when Badatu was baptizing people in the Indian Ocean, Reid said. A pastor from Nigeria repeated what he had heard the first time. "One day you are going to America." And, in 2012 during a prayer meeting at his church, he asked a woman in his community to pray with him. "Prayer is not going to heal your hip," she said. "God is preparing someone to help you."

Badatu and Reid met in late 2012 and the prophecies would soon come to pass. Kaper saw him as a patient on Nov. 9 of this year, and when he examined Badatu, 43, he told him he could help him. His outpatient surgery was Dec. 4, and Reid and his friend, Bill McMahon, have been doing his physical therapy.

Kaper and the staff of Prescott Outpatient Surgery Center gave their time as well.

"It's a pretty miraculous testimony of faith, prophetic prayer and a multitude of people" who have come forward to help, Reid said.

Badatu is spending the Christmas holiday with Reid and his family and will return to Africa on Jan. 1 to be with his wife, Olivia and son, Joel.

Of his new hip, Badatu says, "If you don't understand pain, you will never understand praise."

This past Saturday, Badatu said he was doing better, walking well and useing a cane only when he was outside. "I'm sleeping like a baby," he said.

Kaper said that over the years he has treated many patients and has honed his skills and talent.

"I am blessed with the abilities I have been given," he said. "What I like to do is give back. That's the blessing of the work I get to do," such as he did in dramatically changing Badatu's life. "I never blink an eye. I hope to do it again.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Article comment by: Gary Anderson

Do yourself a favor if you are contemplating a joint replacement and contact Dr. Kaper. On January 9, 2014 Dr. Kaper performed an anterior left hip replacement on me. I was walking within six hours of surgery and in two short weeks have returned to my outside sales rep responsibilities. Dr. Kaper understands your concerns and will discuss any issues you are concerned about. He truly is a "miracle worker". Bill McMahon has guided me through a solid physical therapy program, and the results have been miraculous. Thank you both, and to your staffs!! My life has been changed!!

Posted: Friday, December 27, 2013
Article comment by: Jack Jones

Attaboy ~ "Help Me Understand" ~ You nailed the two most critical issues of this story ~ glad the 'Grinch' was on duty.

Posted: Friday, December 27, 2013
Article comment by: Judy Wilcox

Our area should rejoice a doctor of this caliber is in our area. One who cares and does fantastic healing work. How do I know....Dr. Kaper completed 4 replacements for me (hips, knees) between 2000-2003. I am able to move & give back to the community. Thank you Dr. Kaper.

Posted: Friday, December 27, 2013
Article comment by: Patient of Dr. Kaper

Dr. Kaper was recommended to me by several people at my church, and I now have 2 new hips. Dr. Kaper is a wonderful surgeon, and a giving and caring man as well. God bless him, his practice, and his ministry.

Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013
Article comment by: Doctor Bob

I have heard through the grape vine that Dr.Kaper is a great surgeon and he must also be a good guy.Happy Holidays Everyone.

Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013
Article comment by: Help Me Understand

@CAP's God orchestrates ALL things. . . Including @TS' hordes?

To what does "elsewhere in the region of Africa" refer? Antarctica?

Enjoy the hip, Pastor. Seems like it all could have been done for less in Nairobi or Chennai, but I guess there was a different plan.

Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Steele

A great story of giving from the heart without financial benefit. My hope for Badatu is that his people will be safe from the Muslim hordes who are ravaging Christians in Africa as elsewhere in the region.

Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013
Article comment by: c a p believer

We had the blessing of hearing pastor greyson speak before his surgery. I am so thankful that God is in control and orchestrates ALL things.

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