In 2016, POP collaborated with World Pediatric Project (WPP) to bring scoliosis patient, 13 year-old, Lisbeth Garcia to St. Louis, MO for scoliosis surgery. Her treatment entailed the placement of a halo traction device on her skull (shown below) before her definitive surgery. During the 2 months of treatment, Lisbeth received excellent care at Mercy Hospital and had an excellent result.
Lisbeth in Halo Traction
During visit from POP Team member Anesthesiologist Rich Nigro
Lisbeth’s Back before and 6 months after spinal fusion surgery
In 2017, a total of 4 patients will receive care in St. Louis. Two have already arrived
Yonalfrin Diaz is a 12 year-old boy from Santiago, Dominican Republic with a severe scoliosis secondary to a condition called Neurofibromatosos I. Like Lisbeth, he required halo traction and will receive 2 more surgeries to achieve correction.
Yonalfrin with POP Team nurses Natalie Stock & Amy Cattron
Perla Sosa is a 14-year-old girl, also from Santiago, DR who became paralyzed after sustaining a gunshot wound to the abdomen in November 2016. The POP team met her during the November mission and was motivated to help. She is here to receive intensive physical therapy courtesy of spinal injury therapists at Mercy. Since her arrival on March 20th, she has already improved her gait. Special thanks to Craig Licklider of Orthotic & Prosthetic Lab, Inc for the custom leg brace which will allow her gait to improve.
There are cases that are too complex to operate during our mission trips. We have therefore begun a collaboration with World Pediatric Project to bring children to the US for surgery.