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.
- 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.