We are pleased to report that Duncan Tree Foundation now impacts the lives of adolescents with scoliosis in both hemispheres of the globe! Our first successful surgical mission trip to the Philippines took place between March 20-March 29, 2014. During this latest mission DTF partnered with Orthopaedic Link, Medtronic Foundation, Medtronic Asean Region, and Biotronic NeuroNetwork to provide donated implants, state-of-the-art neuro-monitoring for safer surgical outcomes and surgical expertise. Together we delivered in four successful corrective spine surgeries at Southern Philippines Medical Center.
In addition to transforming the lives of four adolescents we raised awareness of post-operative psycho-social effects on young people through a two-lecture series given by members of our team. Furthermore our mission provided a unique opportunity for Philippine-based surgical residents to observe neuro-monitoring, a technique about which they had only since read in text books. We are excited to continue working with Orthopaedic Link, Medtronic Foundation, Medtronic Asean Region, and Biotronic NeuroNetwork when we return for our next trip anticipated Spring of 2015.
In a month's time, DTF volunteers as well as partners Biotronic NeuroNetwork and Medtronic Foundation will continue our work at Kingston Public Hospital as we return to operate on ten adolescents with moderate to severe scoliosis. None of our work would be possible without generous donations of time, expertise, and equipment made by our partners. Equally important, your contribution enables us to cover logistical expenses which allow our surgeons, technicians and support personnel to efficiently carry out their duties. Thank you for donations! We look forward to your continued support.
DTF Complex Spine Team
Duncan Tree Foundation would like to thank you for your continued support through Global Giving. Because of donors and sponsors like you, Duncan Tree continues to reach major milestones in our mission to provide complex spine surgery to the underserved in Jamaica. We recently completed our fourth scoliosis mission trip where, in addition to operating on 7-8 adolescents at Kingston Public Hospital we also conducted 2 surgeries in Montego Bay.
While at Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, the DTF team made history by successfully performing the first spine surgeries ever to take place at Cornwall Regional Hospital. Both patients (13 year old Sabrina Campbell and 16 year old Monecia Lawrence) are doing very well after surgery. Prior to this mission trip, all scoliosis surgeries had been performed at Kingston Public Hospital where all of the surgical equipment and talents were.
Sixteen. That's the number of young lives that have been transformed in only three trips by a thriving collaboration between Duncan Tree Foundation, Medtronic, Biotronic, the Scoliosis Research Society and of course, you!We are gearing up for our fourth trip to Jamaica to take place in November. This trip will aim to treat an additional 8 individuals giving them a renewed sense of hope for their futures. In addition, we are laying the ground work for expanding our program in a part of the island where access to scoliosis surgical care is currently unavailable. Finally, leading up to our next trip we will begin to enlist and coordinate the resources needed to train local spinal cord monitors and nurses.These are exciting times! However, the fact is, these initiatives simply will not be possible without financial contribution. We need your help if we are to transport surgeons, technicians, support staff and implants to our sites in Jamaica. Our track record speaks for itself, our partners are ready and willing, our mission defined; your financial support is all we need. Donate today, join us in changing not only individual lives but a region's health care.
Since the our first trip to Jamaica last March, there have been eight beneficiaries of the Duncan Tree Foundation's Complex Spine Program, which targets scoliosis and other spine deformities. We are planning to add eight more to the list of beneficiaries this April when we return to Kingston Public Hospital with our surgical team. The completion of this trip will put us past the half-way point of our initial goal of 25 adolescents! Thank you for helping to make this possible.
The past year has seen our Program grow by leaps and bounds. Through our partners Medtronic and Biotronics, we facilitated the donation of spinal monitoring and spinal implants valued at over $128,000. Furthermore, our program is to be endorsed by the Scoliosis Research Society, affording us continued access to highly experienced surgeons willing to volunteer their time and skills.
In addition to meeting acute needs with these surgeries, we have also begun to coordinate a training program in neuro-monitoring for native Jamaican technicians. This will enhance the standard of care during complex spine procedures by providing a critically needed skill that is not readily available in Jamaica.
The partners mentioned above are committed to helping us change the lives of young people in Jamaica afflicted with scoliosis. The financial support you provide is key to our efforts, as the transportation and logistical costs associated with these surgical trips is prohibitive. We would like to formally extend an invitation for you to partner with us and help make these surgeries possible. Join the partnership by contributing today!
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