World Pediatric Project to hold Clinic

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Updated: November 9, 2017

A plastic surgery mission clinic has been organized to take place this Sunday, November 12, at the Southern Regional Hospital in the Stann Creek District. The clinic is being organized by the World Pediatric Project in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Friends of Pediatrics. Project Manager, Candice Tillett spoke to Love News.

Candice Tillett – Project Manager

Some of the cases that we commonly see would be cleft lip and palate- that involves that kids that are born with the roofs of their mouths having an opening and the front of the lips would have an opening as well, so we see cases like that. We see microtia that is where the ear does not have an opening or the child is born without an ear and then we have to create an ear for the child or the child does not have an ear canal so those are some of the common cases that we see. We also see cases every year from kids with different burns, different scars from accidents and lumps, growths stuff like that.

Reporter

“You are expecting to follow up cases but how many cases are you expecting?”

Candice Tillett – Project Manager

“Well we have no idea as to how many new cases we are going to get because we have cases that do come to our office but there are a lot of cases from patients in the rural areas that may not know about us and may now know that there is help out there for them so when they see the news or they hear through the grapevine of the clinic then they will show up. Well, how we organize our clinics is that we give numbers when they arrive so when they get to the clinic they will get a number and then we go by that number because we don’t use specific appointments because we run the risk of patients not showing up on time.”

Reporter

“You were explaining to me prior that new cases will be looked and that priorities will be set, talk to us about that process.”

Candice Tillett – Project Manager

“How that works is that we have patients that we have been following since they were babies, some of them are teenagers now. Every year they come and depending on what condition they have they may need additional surgeries like for instance with the ear that is a type of surgery that goes in stages, then we will have new cases that will come up; common as I said before is cleft lip and palate. So how it works is that we see all the patients on Sunday then in the evening we review all of the cases and the doctor decides based on priority which cases need to be done and then we will call the patients and invite them to come back for the surgery so the team is going to be here for a week; the clinic is going to be on Sunday and then the surgeries will go from Monday to Thursday.”

The clinic begins at 8 am. There is no cost for the clinic services.