To date, over 250 children have received scoliosis (crooked back) surgical correction in Santiago, Dominican Republic. However, there are many more children waiting in line for these surgeries; children who have no hope for surgical correction otherwise. Left untreated, scoliosis can result in compromised heart and lung function. Apart from improving the overall health and quality of life for these children, scoliosis correction allows Dominican children to be accepted again in a society that shuns physical deformity. Surgeries are therefore, life-changing not only physically but also socially and emotionally.
“Thank you for transforming my life.”
-Audrey Cabrera, 15 years old
Mission 2015 patient
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Other Pediatric Orthopedic Surgical Care
Although POP has focused on treating scoliosis, the hospital in Santiago also needs assistance in treating children with other orthopedic disorders. In 2016 POP began expanding its pediatric orthopedic surgical care beyond scoliosis. As a result, POP has successfully treated nine children with a variety of orthopedic conditions such bowing deformities and trauma. POP hopes to continue to expand our treatment into other areas of orthopedics in the future.