US mission to perform scoliosis surgery at KPH

Thursday, April 11, 2013

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KINGSTON, Jamaica - Eight children are scheduled to receive surgery to correct scoliosis this week during a medical mission at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH). 
The mission is being conducted by the Duncan Tree Foundation, a US based non-profit organisation dedicated to disease prevention among persons unable to afford high cost treatments, with special focus on people from the Caribbean. 
The medical mission is a part of the Foundation’s Scoliosis Care Fund Project, which aims to provide surgeries for at least 25 adolescents in Jamaica who suffer from moderate to severe scoliosis. This is the Foundation’s third mission to KPH.  Last year the team conducted seven surgeries at the KPH in collaboration with local surgeons. The mission team also presented three lectures during the same period.
“The Duncan Tree Foundation must be lauded for its continued commitment to lending its support to the KPH to conduct scoliosis surgeries on our adolescent patients. Over the past year the foundation has made a difference in the lives of seven children living with scoliosis and they have come once again to give another set of children a chance to lead a normal life where necessary,” Lyttleton Shirley, Chairman of the South East Regional Health Authority Board, which has direct responsibility for KPH said. 
“We glad that DTF is helping us to give these youngsters a fighting chance because with scoliosis, their functionality is restricted and their overall quality of life is reduced substantially. The surgery that will be performed helps to correct the complications associated with the condition where possible.”
There are currently over 150 children on the KPH surgical waiting list.
The DTF will also be donating instruments required for all six surgeries.
In addition to the surgeries, the Foundation will also be conducting a lecture to look at the evaluation and management of scoliosis. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, April 10, 2012 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Hotel Four Seasons in Kingston.

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