World Pediatric Project Orthopedics Surgical Team
In partnership with Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, Dr. Eric Gordon from St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Shriners Hospital returned this year with his committed team of medical professionals. While Dr. Gordon has been travelling to St. Vincent every other April, he added this September team a few years ago to catch up with the backlog of patients needing orthopedic intervention. Dr. Gordon brought with him a team of four medical professionals and an instrumentation representative from OrthoPediatrics.
56 children and their families attended the clinic on Sunday. The team had 133 consults, and 17 procedures were completed during the week. The majority of the children came from St. Vincent and the Grenadines with others coming from Dominica, Grenada, and St. Lucia. Many of the children had received surgery the previous year or this past April and were back for their follow-up visits with the orthopedic team.
The Orthopedic Surgical Team (from left to right)
- Anne Koncki - Director of Volunteers, World Pediatric Project
- Jacob Rowe - Instrumentation Representative OrthoPediatrics
- Dr. Craig Smith - Orthopedic Surgery Fellow, St. Louis Children’s Hospital
- Dr. Robert Moore - Anesthesiologist, St. Louis Children’s/Shriners Hospital
- Melissa Eagan - Orthopedic Nurse, St. Louis Children’s Hospital
- Dr. Eric Gordon - Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon, St. Louis Children’s/Shriners Hospital
- Kim Cordia - Recovery Nurse, St. Louis Children’s Hospital
1 year old Ciel
Ciel is a sweet little one-year old girl who came to her first clinic.
Medical Condition and Procedure - Ciel has internal tibial torsion or more commonly known as intoeing or “pigeon-toed.” The recommendation was deep foot massage, and Ciel’s condition is gradually improving. She was discharged from this clinic with no further follow-up needed.
Reenique approaches all activities in a helpful manner. In school, she does everything from tying kids’ shoes to cleaning up after them. When she graduated from preschool, she won the award for Most Helpful Student. Learning this was no surprise after seeing Reenique spend the morning of her own surgery entertaining other kids. Despite her eyes welling up with tears upon learning it was time to undergo surgery for her Blount’s Disease with Dr. Gordon’s orthopedic team, Reenique displayed great strength after the procedure. Her work-hard attitude came in handy during physical therapy, and she left the hospital with a smile, ready to return to school and continue helping others.
Medical Condition and Procedure - Reenique has Blount’s disease, and she had procedures to address the severe bowing of her legs on this trip. She will follow up with the team on the next visit.
6 year old Akeeran
Akeeran is a handsome six-year-old young boy who has challenges walking due to his medical condition.
Medical Condition and Procedure - Akeeron has a club foot which means the foot is twisted out of shape from its normal position. The patient had heel cord lengthening which is a minimally invasive approach to lengthen his Achilles tendon. He will have a follow-up visit with the team within the next six months.
14 year-old Kareem
is an intense young man who was having some pain in his foot when at home and school.
Medical Condition and Procedure - Fourteen-year-old Kareem came to the clinic for an evaluation of a foot deformity. He had mild pain when walking long distances and standing all day. His problem was worse when he wore sandals. The recommendation was to wear a supportive shoe and inserts as needed. Kareem should come back to the next clinic.
18 year-old Martin
at 18 years of age is one of the older patients who comes to the clinic.
Medical Condition and Procedure - Martin has sickle cell anemia which is an inherited form of anemia – a condition in which there aren’t enough healthy blood cells to carry adequate oxygen throughout your body. He was already a patient on the ward with a sickle cell crisis, and he was having hip pain. The recommendation is hip abduction which is the movement of the leg away from the midline of the body, and to refer Martin to the US next year for possible surgery.
19 year-old Madonna
is a beautiful girl who has been embarrassed by the way she walks because of her club foot.
Medical Condition and Procedure - Madonna had an external fixator placed by the April 2018 orthopedic surgery team to correct her club foot on the right side, and this surgery in September was to remove the fixator after five months of correction. This visit was the necessary follow-up. Physical therapy worked with her to help with mobility after the fixator was removed.
On Thursday 11th October, 2018, the Handing Over Ceremony of the Library resources from Hands Across the Sea (Hands) was held at the Conference Room of the Curriculum Unit of the Ministry of Education.
Hands, in collaboration with Mustique Charitable Foundation and Bank of Nova Scotia, was able to acquire 18,872 books and 8 Remedial Reading Kits which will be distributed subsequently.
30 schools in St. Vincent and the Grenadines will benefit from the distribution of the books with 20 Primary Schools and 2 Secondary Schools receiving books and 8 Secondary Schools receiving remedial reading kits, an increase from the 5 kits distributed in prior year.
There was a very colorful and well-arranged display of some of the books at the venue which showcased books relevant and relatable to Caribbean students.
Brief remarks were made by Enna Bullock (Hands-Literacy Link), Yvette Pompey (Hands-Literacy Link), Deborah Charles (Parliamentary Secretary-Ministry of Education) and Elizabeth Walker (Deputy Chief Education Officer), who all conveyed thanks to Mustique Charitable Foundation and Bank of Nova Scotia.
A very creative and interactive Choral Speaking accompanied by a drummer was performed by students of the CW Prescod Primary School which depicted their gratitude and excitement for receiving Hands books.
Several speakers conveyed theirs thanks to Lavinia Gunn for her tremendous contribution to Literacy over the last decade.
Deborah Charles said that she was very pleased to see books of different learning levels and was extremely pleased to see books targeting boys which would encourage the boys to read.
Kathleen Joyles, principal of Marriaqua Government School and a previous recipient of Hands books, did a reflection of the impact of Hands books. She advised that parents were also coming to the Library to read the books, so much so that she created a section in the Library for parents.
Subsequently, parents were coming to the classroom to demonstrate their reading skills, becoming more interactive in their children’s learning and also now more equipped to help their children. Hence it can be said that the books not only impacted positively on the students but also on the entire family and the community as a whole.
Electrical Installation & Maintenance: 23 trainees
Certificates Presentation for the Youth Employability Program and Associate Degree Awards Presentation for 2018-2019 Bursaries
The Youth Employability Program had 94 young participants in four skill areas:
- Introductory Plumbing - 22 trainees
- Refrigeration & AC Repairs & Maintenance - 22 trainees
- Electrical Installation & Maintenance - 23 trainees
- Commercial Food Preparation - 27 trainees
Refrigeration & AC Repairs & Maintenance: 22 trainees
Commercial Food Preparation: 27 trainees
Introductory Plumbing: 22 trainees
Opening remarks were made by Janelle Allen, Deputy Dean of DTVE, who thanked the Mustique Charitable Foundation for its continued contribution to the DTVE.
Osborne Bowens, Dean of DTVE, also commended the Mustique Charitable Foundation for its collaboration with DTVE to bring the Youth Employability Program to fruition. Mr. Bowens, the initiator of this program, highlighted the importance of technically trained professionals and the part they play in the development of our society and our country as a whole.
Hon St. Clair Prince, Minister of Education, made brief remarks thanking the Foundation.
77 participants got certificates of successful completion, 16 participants got certificates of participation and 1 participant was unable to complete the course.
There was a sense of pride and accomplishment from the graduates of the Youth Employability program and Mr. Bowens indicated that 3 students who participated in Commercial Food Preparation were employed subsequent to the training.
Participants in the Youth Employability Program were also very grateful and excited about receiving their individual starter kits which are intended to assist them in their field of expertise. It can be said that the Youth Employability Program with a pass rate of 82% was a success and a viable venture on the part of the Mustique Charitable Foundation.
Following the Certificate Presentation, 11 Associate Degree Scholarships for academic year 2018-2019 were disbursed to qualified recipients who were identified by SVGCC-DTVE in the following programs:
- Hospitality Studies – 3
- Culinary Arts – 3
- Electrical Engineering Technology – 2
- Agricultural Science & Entrepreneurship – 1
- Information and Communication Technology – 1
- Office Administration – 1
Paul Ford, Nancy Young and Roger Pritchard.
Our third gala was held at the Loeb Boathouse, Central Park, New York City on September 25 2018. Despite the stormy weather, over 100 attended for a great cause. This year MCF funded close to 183 vocational scholarships, partnered with World Pediatric Project to send six surgical teams to St. Vincent reaching 235 Vincentian children, and funded the purchase through Hands Across the Sea of books for 14 primary schools in St. Vincent, reaching an estimated 3,700 children; providing remedial reading kits reaching an estimated 750 children; and provided two literary specialists, reaching an estimated 4,300 children.
Photography by Roman Dean
The Rt. Hon. Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minster of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Paul Young, Nancy Young, Richard Schaffer, Rupert Spurgeon.
Marianne Tesler and Basil Charles.
The Loeb Boathouse, Central Park, New York City.
Alexa Juanita, Jeannette Cadet, Lavinia Gunn.
From 2017 – 2018, together with the World Pediatric Project, we reached 159 Vincentian children as follows:
General surgery diagnostics for 40 and surgeries for 8
Urology diagnostics for 36 and surgeries for 6
Orthopedic diagnostics for 83 and surgeries for 19
World Pediatric Project Orthopedics Surgical Team
- 83 children in St Vincent received diagnostic evaluations
- 19 children in St Vincent received surgeries
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
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
World Pediatric Project General Surgery Team
General Surgery Team
- 40 children in St. Vincent received diagnostic evaluations
- 8 children in St. Vincent received surgeries
The team's week began with a very busy clinic day with 59 children and families who patiently waited for their opportunity to be evaluated by this WPP specialist team. Many of the children received surgery last year, and were back for their follow-up examination.
WPP prioritizes follow-up care as a vital component to the quality, comprehensive care approach so core to the WPP patient care philosophy.
Lead surgeon, Dr John Lukish, together with a team of seven support personnel, treated children with a wide spectrum of medical conditions.
Hailey, 10 months
is a beautiful bouncing baby girl, but would have "nothing of" Dr. Lukish attempting to examine her until a little extra coaxing by her mom!
Medical procedure - successful excision of cyst and follow-up next January.
Dylon, 10 years
born with Down Syndrome and congenital heart disease. WPP first met him as a baby through a diagnostic cardiac clinic which led to his mother and him traveling to Richmond for open heart surgery when he was 3 years old. He loves to hug everyone, and will periodically break out into song and dance.
Medical procedure - received a laparoscopic ventral hernia repair.
Renaya, 3 years
was understandably frightened to be at the large clinic and to be closely evaluated by the WPP general surgery team. Renaya wouldn't speak or allow anyone to touch her unless her daddy was by her side. Her recovery was amazing and by the next day she was back to her old self.
Medical procedure - received disimpaction and anal dilation. Put on a maintenance regimen and follow-up next January.
Ameka, 8 years
was very quiet and bashful all day long during clinic and until her surgical procedure was completed. Then the WPP team saw the first smile!
Medical procedure - thyroid mass was removed via a right hemi thyroidectomy.
Brittney, 17 years
who came to the WPP with her entire extended family. It is obvious she is loved and adored! She looked very quiet but did express worry about how she looked (a normal teenager!). She also said she was anxious to get back to school.
Medical procedure - right intra muscular chest mass, which was excised. She needs no further care, just a follow-up next January.
Yannick, 20 years
with a long and steady history of receiving specialized medical care through WPP since falling from a mango tree 10 years ago which caused a spinal cord injury, paralyzing him below the waist. He has experienced multiple other associated conditions requiring medical care from five distinct pediatric sub-specialty teams totaling 34 visits with WPP surgical teams including general surgery, urology, plastics, reconstructive, neurosurgery and physical therapy.
World Pediatric Project - Pediatric Urology
Pediatric Urology Team
- 36 children in St. Vincent received diagnostic evaluations
- 6 children in St. Vincent received surgeries
- Undescended testicles
- Bladder stones
- Ectopic ureter
Dr. Doug Coplen, Pediatric Urology Surgeon
Jeanne Vogt, OR Nurse
Mary Campigotto, Nurse
Dr. Thomas Bohannon, Anesthesiologist
On Clinic day we were visited by a very special guest, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves
The Mustique Charitable Foundation became active in 2016 and had seven projects in 2017:
- Funding close to 70 vocational scholarships at St. Vincent and the Grenadines Division of Technical and Vocational Education and the Division of Teacher’s Education, the Barrouallie Technical Institute, and Trinity Medical School
- Funding the Mustique Children in Need Fund for the 7 children whose parents perished in the tragedy at sea in the summer of 2016
- Funding at least three surgical teams to travel to St. Vincent to perform orthopedic, urologic, and general surgery on Vincentian children
- Funding the purchase of over 4,000 books for 11 primary schools in St. Vincent
Brian Alexander, Bruce Murray, Stephen Joachim, Nancy Young, Eric Shaw, Lavinia Gunn and Roger Pritchard.
Our second gala featured a Basil's Pop-up Bar at the Roof Dining Room of the Yale Club of New York City. Over 100 attended for a great cause. This year MCF funded close to 70 vocational scholarships, contributed $50,000 to the Mustique Children in Need Fund, partnered with World Pediatric Project to send three surgical teams to St. Vincent to operate on Vincentian children, and funded the purchase through Hands Across the Sea of over 4,000 books for 11 primary schools in St. Vincent. Photos by Roman Dean.