Upcoming Expeditions Planned…

Among upcoming PIMA-sponsored expeditions planned are;

Early October

Noted diabetes specialist Dr. Elizabeth Beale from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, will go to Kiritimati and the isolated island called Tabuaeran, to see and treat diabetes patients where the incidence of Type 2, adult onset diabetes is said to be higher than 30 percent.

Late October

Shriners Hospital for Children in Honolulu will send a medical team to find and examine young orthopedics patients. This will be the team’s third annual visit to Kiritimati in a collaborative program with Pacific Islands Medical Aid and the Kiribati Ministry of Health, where patients from Kiribati are treated at the hospital in Honolulu.

November

The PIMA-sponsored heart team, headed by Baylor Heart Hospital cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. David Moore, will head to the Kiribati capital of Tarawa and to the southern island of Tabiteuea to find patients with severe heart disease, in anticipation of life-saving surgery at Baylor Heart Hospital in Plano, Texas.

Later…

PIMA medical director Dr. Lydia Lam is organizing a trip to Christmas Island to take an ear, nose and throat specialist, along with an anesthesiologist and ultrasound teacher with newly acquired ultrasound machines, purchased with the help of your donations.

…Also later

Returning physician Dr. Theresa Woehrle is planning to take her Women’s Health Team back to Kiritimati to examine and treat island women for early signs of cervical cancer.

Revered Islander Passes Away; Friends Ask for PIMA Support

Moana Kofe was more than simply a legendary and pioneering guide on Christmas Island.

Moana Kofe was more than simply a legendary and pioneering guide on Christmas Island.

Friends of renowned Christmas Island fishing guide Moana Kofe announced this week that he has passed away. They have asked that his memory be honored with a memorial fund in his name to Pacific Islands Medical Aid.

Friends at Fly Water Travel in Oregon and fishermen from throughout the world who are fortunate enough to have gone bone fishing at Christmas Island in Kiribati, say that Moana was more than a legendary guide, but truly a warm and charming human being who was deeply connected with his home island.

“Anyone fortunate enough to have spent time with Moana felt his unbridled enthusiasm to share his island and an intimate, bordering on spiritual knowledge of this beautiful place..” said Brian Gies, owner of Fly Water Travel.

It is an honor to accept donations in Moana’s name, says Carlton Smith, president of Pacific Islands Medical Aid.

Heart Patients Back Home, Ready for New Life

Seven heart patients from isolated Christmas Island (Kiritimati) in the central Pacific nation of Kiribati, have now returned home after their month-long stay in Plano, Texas where they received  life-saving surgery, thanks to:

Flying Home - Happy heart patients from Christmas Island are shown at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport July 4 just before boarding their flight home. In center rear is Baylor Heart Hospital cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. David Moore, leader of the team, and in front of him, Carlton Smith, PIMA president. At left is Kiribati Dr. Baranika Temariti, who chaperoned the group.

Flying Home – Happy heart patients from Christmas Island are shown at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport July 4 just before boarding their flight home. In center rear is Baylor Heart Hospital cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. David Moore, leader of the team, and in front of him, Carlton Smith, PIMA president. At left is Kiribati Dr. Baranika Temariti, who chaperoned the group.

Flying Home – Happy heart patients from Christmas Island are shown at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport July 4 just before boarding their flight home. In center rear is Baylor Heart Hospital cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. David Moore, leader of the team, and in front of him, Carlton Smith, PIMA president. At left is Kiribati Dr. Baranika Temariti, who chaperoned the group.

  • You, our Pacific Islands Medical Aid donors.
  • Baylor Heart Hospital in Plano, Texas, and it’s cardiothoracic surgeon and team leader Dr. David Moore, MD, along with cardiac sonographer Michael Rampoldi.
  • Heart surgeons at Baylor including Dr. Katherine B. Harrington, MD;  Dr. Robert L. Smith, MD; and William T. Brinkman, MD.
  • Cardiology surgeon Dr. Eric Mendeloff and his team from Medical City Hospital for Children in Dallas; And Dr. Alistair Fyfe from Medical City Hospital.
  • Mending Kids International of Burbank, California.
  • Christmas Island’s Dr. Baranika Temariti, who chaperoned the group, served as medical advisor,  translator, and ‘mother hen’.
  • Christmas Island medical officer in charge, Dr. Teraira Bangao.
  • Especially the Kiribati Ministry of Health and it’s Director of Hospital Services, Dr. Burentau Teriboriki.
  • Members U.S. Customs and Border Protection, who, with proper documentation, approved entry into the U.S. for surgery.

After having literally saved he lives of  heart patients from Christmas Island, the PIMA-sponsored heart team led by cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. David Moore and sonographer Michael Rampoldi are now scheduled to return to Kiribati later this year to carry on their program of finding and helping those with severe heart disease in other parts of the 33-island nation…where the need is great.