Health Projects – Orthopedics – April 2018

World Pediatric Project Team

World Pediatric Project Orthopedics Surgical Team

  • 83 children in St Vincent received diagnostic evaluations
  • 19 children in St Vincent received surgeries
 
Especially within the orthopedic pediatric speciality, WPP sees most of their patients for a number of years to fully complete multiple stages of surgical correction for the most prevalent orthopedic conditions.  The following bright faces are just a few of the St. Vincent children the WPP team looks forward to seeing each year.

8 year old Jadiel

has a congenital hip and leg length discrepancy and had hip surgery last year to implant plates to reinforce the viability of his hip function.  This year the WPP team removed these plates to further strengthen the hip and prepare for the next stage of surgery to correct his leg length issue.  Jadiel will travel to St. Louis next year for the first of two surgeries with the final surgery likely occurring in 2020.

 

2 1/2 year old Cregg

was born with severe Blounts disease, a condition often referred to as "bow legged". Because of WPP's consistency of sending orthopedic diagnostic and surgery teams to St. Vincent, Cregg's parents sought help when he was just a little more than a year old, the ideal time to begin monitoring and intervention.  Plates were surgically implanted this year to progressively correct this bone deformity.  This is a significantly less invasive, intensive and painful approach to the surgical correction technique which occurs when Blounts is untreated and allowed to progress to a severe status.

 

5 year old Hope

Now 5 years old, Hope's healing journey began with World Pediatric Project at just one week of age.  Born with a congenital condition causing severe muscle and joint constriction, Hope's parents were originally told she would be confined to a wheelchair for life  Yet, because of the consistency of WPP's orthopedic surgery mission to St. Vincent every year, Hope has received steady corrective care needed to support her growing mobility, including now walking and soon the ability to run.  This year, Hope underwent a procedure to assist the movement and functionality of her right arm.

 

St. Vincent Children Receiving Surgery

Pediatric orthopedic specialist care is the most prominent diagnostic and treatment needed for children in St. Vincent and throughout the region.  The varied congenital and acquired conditions within the orthopedic specialty often require multiple stages of surgical correction over a period of years, beginning with early diagnosis and treatment.  WPP's capability to send multiple teams each year to St. Vincent and to utilize two operating theaters is significant in meeting this need, and ultimately meeting WPP's Transormation2023 goal of providing 100% access to pediatric advanced medical care.

Danielle, 5 years

Lia, 15 years

Sage, 6 years

Sherry-Ann, 18 years

Hailey, 3 1/2 years

Karen, 13 years

Aria, 13 years

Zhinga, 12 years

Jenny, 11 years

Madonna, 19 years

Jenissa, 13 years

Giovorny, 18 years

Julia, 8 years

Otalia, 2 years

Shay-Nece, 17 years

Prince, 13 years