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Ministry of Health celebrates with KHMH on historic spinal surgery

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The Ministry of Health joins the Directorate of Medical Services at Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) to celebrate the medical landmark of Advanced Spinal surgeries including the first Scoliosis Surgery (correction of a twisted spine)  in Belize that was performed in August at the KHMH. This success is a result of the growing collaboration between Dr. Joel Cervantes, Chief of Neurosurgery and Spine Surgery at the KHMH; Dr John Williams, Indiana-based Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon and Dr. Jim Youssef, Colorado-based Orthopedic Spine Surgeon.  Dr. John Williams, Dr. Andrew Moulton, New York based Paediatric Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon, and Dr. Joel Cervantes were the surgeons performing these landmark cases.

The surgeries were made possible through the partnership of KHMH, the Belize Spine Program (BSP) and the Resources for Medical Education and Collaboration (RMEC).  Ms. Keri George, RN – Clinical Coordinator for the Belize Spine Program - has spearheaded the surgical mission that took place this week and participated in the screening and intervention of patients with severe spinal deformities.  RMEC is a US based non-profit organization, which collaborates with BSP to bring sustainable access to spine care for the Belizean population. The corrective surgeries performed at KHMH, reflect the commitment of the Belize Spine Program to offer the best clinical and surgical solutions to the Belizean population.

The KHMH is benefit long-term with the donation of additional machinery and instruments to assist with these kinds of surgery. The spinal implants donated by NuVasive Spine Foundation used in the scoliosis case cost upwards of $50,000USD.  The cell-saver machine that allows the collection and return of a patient’s own blood in cases where large amounts of blood loss are possible (and was used on the scoliosis case) will remain at KHMH and is a donation valued at roughly $40,000USD.  Amedica donated instruments and implants valued at $100,000USD to the program.  Additional donations that benefit the Belizean population include cervical collars, a laminectomy set, additional instruments, and general supplies.

Information obtained from KHMH Press Release dated August 23rd, 2012.

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For More Information contact:

Brenda Stuart

Training/Public Relations Coordinator

Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital

223-1548 Ext. 270