Untreated scoliosis (curvature of the spine) can devastate both the child and his or her family. The physical devastation is progressive and, if untreated, debilitates movement and often the proper functioning of the child’s heart, lungs, and other vital organs. The lifetime impact of an untreated child can also create a heavy burden for the community to bear.
The Mustique Charitable Foundation is working with the well-established World Pediatric Project (WPP) to bring two eight-person orthopedic teams to St. Vincent. Each team will operate on 6-8 children with scoliosis at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital. The teams volunteer their time and services and the Mustique Charitable Foundation contributes the cost of their related travel and administrative expenses.
The first team will be in St. Vincent in October with the second team planned for May 2017. While the primary focus will naturally be on children from St. Vincent, WPP may also select candidates in critical need of surgery from other Eastern Caribbean countries.