This project provides surgical care for underserved children in Jamaica and the Philippines with moderate to severe scoliosis. The surgery is needed before the patient is 18 to avoid permanent disfigurement and life threatening complications. We will continue to secure donated implants and use donated funds to support volunteer surgical teams of 5-10 while they are away on foreign missions. DTF aims to facilitate corrective spine surgeries for up to 25 adolescents per year through 2017.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Up to 300 socio-economically disadvantaged children diagnosed with moderate to severe scoliosis, are currently on a waiting list for government-sponsored corrective surgery. While the cost of surgery is covered, the cost of the screws and rods for the surgery (valued at approximately $10,000 USD) are the responsibility of each child's family. Children in these situations typically do not receive surgery without desperately needed philanthropic intervention.
How will this project solve this problem?
Since 2012 this project aimed to provide free implants for the adolescents with moderate to severe scoliosis and other complex spine diseases. The majority of these children have been on the hospital waiting list at KPH and other public hospitals in Jamaica. Duncan Tree medical volunteers also provide continuing medical education for the doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and technicians in Jamaica to help the better manage difficult spine cases with more confidence and better patient outcomes.
Potential Long Term Impact
Through this project, up to 300 socio-economically disadvantaged children will receive disease-modifying surgery. Without surgery, these children face the prospect of permanent disfigurement, and life threatening complications as they grow due to progressive spine curvature. Hundreds and medical professionals will receive advance training in complex spine case management through free CME courses. Duncan Tree will effectively introduce intra-operative neuro-monitoring as a core skill.
Total Funding Received to Date: $6,620
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $88,380
Total Funding Goal: $95,000