Beloved Windsor pediatrician retires after 40 years of practice – archyde

Since 1990, Dr. Mark Awuku for Windsor’s Children, which means he’s now seeing the children and even grandchildren of some of his first patients.

Over the decades, countless families have come to appreciate the bedridden nature of the Ghana-born pediatrician who has made Windsor his home.

Now the community is picking up the news that he is retiring.

“It’s hard to decide to leave the pediatrician office, especially. It was a very difficult decision, ”said Dr. Awuku.

“In pediatrics, at the end of the day, you love the whole aspect of the medical process, you get to know the children, you get to know their families. It’s hard to let go. “

You are interested in the general well-being of the child in school, in society … I will miss that,– DR. Mark Awuku, longtime pediatrician in Windsor

The doctor’s love for medicine began in the small West African country of Ghana, where he did his training.

He originally thought he was going into internal medicine but changed his mind when he started seeing young patients.

“You really taught me a lot of patience, and people will say pediatricians have to be like children,” he said with a laugh.

But the reality of treating children is that they get sick very quickly, but they can also heal very quickly, said Dr. Awuku. He got used to seeing and “treating” the whole family when a sick child came to his practice.

“When the children come in, they see you as someone who is there not to hurt them and to help them,” he said.

“Some children come up to me and ask me, ‘Dr. A, where is your bed? ‘ You think I live here. “

Dr. Awuku posted this message to inform his patients and their families of his upcoming retirement. (Peter Duck/CBC)

Dr. Awuku posted a note on his office door last week announcing his plans to retire in late June.

He said he postponed the decision for about three years.

“I will miss being around families … the satisfaction I get from looking after their children will be missed,” he said.

“They care about the general well-being of the child in school, in society … I’ll miss that.”

Dr. Awuku said his colleagues kindly stepped in to take over most of his current patients.

He said although he is retiring from his practice, he will continue his work as a mentor to students and residents, international medical awareness and education in developing countries, and editor of a pediatric and child health journal.

But his final days will still be challenging, he said.

“It’s going to be very difficult. Above all, dismantling things on the walls of my office and closing the doors. It’s going to be very, very difficult. “

LISTEN | Hear More From Dr. Awuku on Windsor Morning by CBC:

Windsor Tomorrow7:20DR. You are not in Ruhestand

Generations of Windsor parents have brought their children to see Doctor Mark Awuku for over 30 years. Now the community is picking up the news that he is retiring. To say he is missing is an understatement. Tony Doucette speaks to Dr. Awuku about what he will miss and what he will do when he closes his practice. 7:20

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