Joseph Lekuton '91, M'94 is a teacher at the the Langley School in McLean, Virginia, and recently brought a group of students from the school, with their parents, to his native Kenya. A meeting that took place there ended up saving a little girl's life.

One of the parents, Edward A. Lefrak, chief of cardiac surgery at Inova Fairfax Hospital, met with Masai Mara National Reserve game warden Stephen Minis and his six-year-old daughter Mantaine, who had a life-threatening heart problem. Dr. Lefrak agreed to treat the girl, and another parent, Don Hutchins, on the trip with his wife and two teenage children, offered to pay the airfare. The girl underwent surgery in Fairfax September 19 and is recovering well.

The story of how Lekuton brought everyone together was covered in The Washington Post -- click here to read the details.

Posted September 23, 2002

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