Summer 2012 Issue

Reaching Around The World
Pediatric Neurosurgery Team Returns To Dominican Republic


The pediatric neurosurgery team that went to the Dominican Republic consisted of Scott McLanahan, MD, Lisa Schloeder, and Julie Smith of Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates.

The Charlotte-based team of the World Pediatric Project (formerly International Hospital for Children), led by Scott McLanahan, MD, of Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, returned to Robert Reid Cabral Children's Hospital in the Dominican Republic to assist in providing pediatric neurosurgical care. The team also provided medical supplies and education to the staff. Over the course of three days, the team evaluated 15 patients and performed nine surgeries related to hydrocephalus, Chiari malformation, skull fractures, and arachnoid cysts. The most complicated case was that of a six-month-old child with a closed cervical myelomeningocele.

As in most developing countries, medical technology and resources can be scarce. This was the fourth trip the team has taken to assist this hospital in the Dominican Republic, but this was, however, the first time they performed surgery by the light of cell phones. It was just another lesson in resourcefulness when the hospital temporarily lost power.

For more information about our mission trips, call 800-344-6716. To learn about the World Pediatric Project, go to www.worldpediatricproject.org.


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