Thursday 14 December, 2017

VIDEO: Children’s cardiac unit performs first heart surgery on 13-y-o

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton (partially hidden) visits a patient ahead of heart surgery at the cardiac unit of the Bustamante Children’s Hospital.

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton (partially hidden) visits a patient ahead of heart surgery at the cardiac unit of the Bustamante Children’s Hospital.

What is now the Cardiac Unit of the Bustamante Children’s Hospital and will shortly become the Jamaica children’s Heart Centre, has had its first case in the new unit, which was an Atrial Septal Defect on a 13 year-old Jamaican boy last Wednesday.

The very successful procedure was conducted by a joint medical team headed by Dr Sherard Little of the Bustamante Children’s Hospital and Dr Viber from Chain of Hope. They were supported by a multi-disciplinary local clinical team. The Chain of Hope-lead international clinical team was supported by Gift of Life International and Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation.

The patient who is recovering in the Intensive Care unit was visited by Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton; Emma Scanlan, Executive Director of Chain of Hope; Rebecca Burrell from Shaggy Make A Difference Foundation; and Guy Callum representing the Gift of Life international and the Rotary Foundation.

Over the next five days, additional cases will be conducted at the Centre following which a complete review of the facility will be conducted for further upgrades. Watch the video below.

Present also were:

Dr. Charmaine Scott, Cardiologist

Dr. Brian James, Head of Anesthesiology

Dr. Michelle-Ann Richards Dawson

Professor Vibeke Hjortdal, Paediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeon – Denmark

Professor Victor Tsang, Trustee of Chain of Hope

Sister Vivene Bowen, Nursing Manager Operating Theater

Littleton Shirley

Mr. Anthony Wood, CEO Bustamante Hospital for Children

Fabian Brown, Executive Director, Jamaica Children’s Heart Centre