Hundreds of children prone to heart disease in the isolated central Pacific will be seen by Pacific Islands Medical Aid volunteer cardiologists as the Heart Team returns to Christmas Island in Kiribati later this month, it was announced. Under the direction of Dallas cardiologist Dr. Alistair Fyfe, the six-member team will perform ultra-sound assessments on […]
Our heartfelt thanks to many of our wonderful supporters last month, including: Dr. Steven Kirsch, DDS, of El Toro, California, who provided a prosthetic dental device for a young Christmas Island girl who suffered terrible head injuries a year ago, and was so embarrassed by her appearance that she refused to come outside her parents home. See […]
Despite and abbreviated one-week expedition, aid volunteers were able to complete 61 eye surgeries on Christmas Island patients late last month, mostly on islanders with two blinding cataracts each. The trip was cut short when volunteer ophthalmologist Dr. Jeff Rutgard became ill and had to return home. We are working hard to recruit a replacement […]
As you can imagine, the little Christmas Island hospital needs just about everything. Shown below are photos taken in late October, 2010 of two of the five hospital rooms (look closely; a newborn is asleep on the bed in the right photo!) You can help us furnish these rooms with basic but comfortable beds.
It was a great pleasure to be invited by PIMA and the Ministry of Health of Kiribati to meet with Dr. John Tekanene on Christmas Island to review diabetes. My daughter Stefi accompanied me. She not only shared the adventure with me but was able to help a great deal too. The invitation was extended […]
PIMA volunteer ophthalmologist Dr. Jeff Rutgard returns to the islands with us Oct. 20 for two weeks, in what promises to be a marathon effort to perform more than 100 eye surgeries on patients from all three Line Islands. This follows our eye team expedition there eighteen months ago, when more than 90 eye surgeries […]
Our heart team is planning to return to the Line Islands late this year to continue treatment of our existing heart patients and assess and treat heart disease in children, the effects of early rheumatic fever in the young. PIMA volunteer cardiologist Dr. Alistair Fyfe, of Cardiology Associates of Dallas, says a large number of […]