US volunteer doctors to ‘set up camp’ at May Pen Hospital in February
On Thursday, February 6 to 13, patients up to age 21 will enjoy services from a free paediatric surgical camp that will be stationed at the May Pen Hospital.
A joint operation between the Rotary Club of May Pen and ISMA Operations Kids USA - an organisation out of the United States - will see a special team of medical volunteers visiting Jamaica.
The team comprises plastic surgeons, paediatric orthopaedic surgeons, general paediatricians, haematology/oncologists and paediatric anaesthesiologists as well as paediatric nurses.
The special team is designed to help children who require plastic surgery and orthopaedic surgery for various reasons, including cleft lip, cleft palate, club foot, bone deformities and who have suffered traumatic circumstances.
Dr Walter Leavell, president-elect of the Rotary Club of May Pen, told The Gleaner that it is the first time the team is being invited and the club is hoping that it will be successful.
"We want to do about 50 to 60 patients. If we are successful, we are hopeful we can get them back on a year-to-year basis," Leavell said.
ISMS Operation Kids was founded by Colleen Hekemian in 2008, along with her special team of volunteer medical professionals. The team has travelled to locations such as Morocco, Peru, Egypt, Guatemala and Kenya in order to bring quality health care for those in need and smiles to the faces of children of all nationalities.
"It is our goal to relieve suffering and bring hope to those who feel forgotten. We do this with open hearts and healing hands while recognising the value of diversity and the bonds we create by helping our fellow man," said a statement from ISMS Operations Kids USA.
For children to be considered for surgery, parents should take them to meet with the doctors on February 7 between 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the May Pen Hospital.