We recently asked Dr. Eric Gordon, pediatric orthopedic surgeon from St. Louis, about his experience traveling to help children with severe orthopedic conditions in the Eastern Caribbean.
“The most gratifying part of the trip for me and the team was to see how much the families appreciated the treatment they received,” said Dr. Gordon.
“The families that came to see us didn’t have much,” he continued. “There was a mom who was so grateful for what we had done that she went home to bake a cake for the surgeon.”
In St. Vincent, and many of the surrounding island nations, the populations are too small to sustain a pediatric-specific orthopedic practice. WPP teams like Dr. Gordon’s help to provide the specialty, pediatricorthopedic skills needed to save and change young lives. Just one of these lives is two year old Michelle.
“My favorite story is of a two year-old and her mother who just walked in to the clinic,” said Dr. Gordon. “We didn’t know they were coming but were so glad they did, as Michelle had a septic, or infected, hip. If left untreated, the infection could kill the hip rendering her immobile for life.”
Dr. Gordon’s team performed a one hour surgery to drain the hip and then prescribed antibiotics for the infection.
“Michelle is doing great and was walking by the end of the week. She will be just fine!”
Thank you for your support of teams like Dr. Gordon’s to help children like Michelle!
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