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Subject Performing pediatric cardiac surgery for patients from Haiti since 2010.
Selection News Date 2019-12-30 Read 327

 

 

Performing pediatric cardiac surgery

 

for patients from Haiti since 2010

 

  

 

 

This year Korea University Ansan Hospital is again gifting Haitian children with

 

heart disease a new life.

 

 

Korea University Ansan Hospital has continued to provide medical services to

 

Haiti since the dispatch of an overseas medical volunteer team during the 2010

 

earthquake there. In particular, pediatric heart patients are regularly invited to

 

Korea to access free surgery.

 

 

This year, six patients who ranged in age from 15 months to 21 years old were

 

invited. Through the support of the celebrity association worship service group

 

GIL Ministry, and funds raised by the Korea Heart Foundation and the Hankook

 

Ilbo, upon reaching Korea on the morning of June 5 the children started

 

treatment at Korea University Ansan Hospital.

 

 

Their heart surgeries started on the 7th of June. According to Korea University

 

Ansan Hospital, all the patients are currently recovering from surgery after being

 

discharged. Of the invitees, a 21-year-old woman who had undergone surgery

 

at Korea University Ansan Hospital in 2012 was re-treated because it was

 

determined in Haiti that additional surgery was needed.

 

 

Haitian patients who received free surgery gathered with the medical staff of

 

Korea University Ansan Hospital in good health after their discharge.

 

 

The operating surgeon, Professor Jae Seung Shin of the Department of Thoracic

 

& Cardiovascular Surgery said, “Heart surgery is not a highly difficult procedure in

 

Korea and most can fully recover from it. However, it would have been difficult

 

for them to consider treatment in their native country because it is so hard to

 

obtain health services there.

 

 

I would like to thank the young people for dreaming of a healthy, normal life at

 

the end of their long journey and for enduring the surgery with bravery. We will

 

do our best to help provide a brighter future for the people of Haiti by continuing

 

to offer medical support for pediatric heart patients.”

 

 

Professor Gi Young Jang of the Department of Pediatrics said, “Every time I visit

 

Haiti, I feel sorry for not being able to treat many children due to the various

 

conditions I am operating under, but I do my best in the given environment.

 

Making free surgery available to pediatric cardiac patients from Haiti is not a one-

 

time offer, but a regular overseas medical volunteer activity. I hope that the

 

young people we treat will grow healthy and become ambassadors between our

 

two countries.”

 

 

Meanwhile, this year the city of Ansan organized a variety of events for the

 

Haitian patients and their guardians. Players from the Ansan Greeners football

 

club gave an autographed ball to the soccer-loving patients. In addition, the

 

patients and guardians participated in the Ansan City Tour through which they

 

could enjoy the sights of Ansan city such as Sihwanarae, Gubong Island Beach,

 

and Nueseom Wind Power Plant.

 

 

Louis, 21, the oldest patient, said, “I had a second operation at Korea University

 

Ansan Hospital and now I can live a healthy life. Besides getting treatment, I will

 

go home with fond memories of the time I had there with my family.”

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