Six adolescents who suffer from scoliosis benefited from corrective surgery at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) thanks to the generosity of the Duncan Tree Foundation. The Foundation, which conducted its eighth medical mission at KPH last week, is a US-based, non-profit organization, serving the health needs of the poor and vulnerable in selected countries like Jamaica.
The Foundation donates the instruments required for each surgery, which is valued at US$200,000. “The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) and the Kingston Public Hospital, by extension, is extremely grateful to the Duncan Tree Foundation for its continued support in providing surgical intervention for young patients who are affected by scoliosis,” Mr. Philip Armstrong, SERHA’s Board Chairman said. “I am pleased that these youngsters who received surgery will be given the opportunity to lead a better quality of life.”
Since 2012, the Duncan Tree Foundation, through its volunteers, has partnered with local medical teams at KPH and Cornwall Regional Hospital to conduct 81 scoliosis surgeries. The team conducted four surgeries at the Cornwall Regional Hospital from June 23-28, 2016 before commencing at KPH on June 30, 2016 and ending on July 2, 2016.