In Memory – Zach Orman

Zachary OrmanZachary Orman, a University of Arizona medical student and member of the HBA medical team to Guinea Bissau in March 2012, died in a paragliding accident this past April.

At the time of his death Zach was in his third year of medical school and had recently earned the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society’s Gold award. This award recognizes those students who have distinguished themselves by their humanism, which the Gold Foundation defines as “those attributes and behaviors that emanate from a deep sensitivity and respect for others, including full acceptance of all cultural and ethnic backgrounds” and “is exemplified through compassionate, empathetic treatment of all persons.”

These words were certainly true of Zach as demonstrated during his time in Guinea Bissau. He worked with two other U of A medical students and Dr. Ron Pust, an HBA board member and professor in the U of A Medical School as they treated patients in a small clinic in Catel. Then they traveled to the capital to investigate the possibility of connecting this clinic to the government health care system to allow it to grow and better treat the needs of the rural population.

It is a privilege for the Heartbeat for Africa Foundation to work with such outstanding young men and women as we pursue the vision of empowering Africans in rural West Africa to transform their communities. Zach Orman represented the compassion and care HBA embraces as we minister in a wide number of countries in West Africa. Zach lived his life in pursuit of ideals that emphasize the dignity of people throughout this world!