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Charity Foundation corrects two teens spinal disorders

BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporters matthewsk@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, April 03, 2012 | 5:03 PM    

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DUNCAN Tree Foundation, the charity organisation which brought a medical team to Jamaica to carry out surgery on scoliosis patients last week, is describing the trip to the island as a success.

Ouida Duncan, founder of the organisation, said doctors from the international group visited the island after months of planning and performed corrective spine surgeries on two Corporate area teenagers Nickesha Haughton and Monique Gregory.

The team also visited three hospitals including the Kingston Public Hospital.

Duncan explained that following the surgery the foundation is now on a drive to identify other patients.

"Our goal is to identify six more adolescents by the end of April with moderate to severe scoliosis who are in need of corrective spine surgery," said Duncan.

She said the goal of the foundation was to also secure implant and instrumentation donations, return to Kingston with a visiting team of surgeons and support staff to assist with these surgeries later in the year.

"Following the trips we have also been able to gather information that have given us a better understanding of the surgical and patient care capabilities of the medical institution," said Duncan.

Duncan said the Foundation was started to help bridge the health care information and medical equipment gap in Jamaica and other countries.

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