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Jan 21, 2016

Orthopedic Clinic Set for this Weekend in Belize City

This weekend at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital the annual orthopedic clinic of the World Pediatric Project will take place.  Every year, some eighty patients are seen at the clinics with fifteen surgeries being performed annually. Patients with severe cases are sent overseas to the U.S. Chapter of the World Pediatric Project for surgery. Project Manager, Khandice Tillett told News Five more.


Khandice Tillett, Manager, World Pediatrics Project

“We have two days because last year we had a huge turnout and the doctor wants to make sure that he has adequate time for each patient.”


Duane Moody

“Talk to us about the services that will be offered.”


Khandice Tillett

“On Saturday and Sunday, they will be doing consultations. The patients that we are looking to see are patients that have severed bone problems; hip dysplasia. We have some patients that have club foot that may require surgery. Leg length discrepancies, blunks disease, bow leg, hip dysplasia; there are some patients that have club foot that the treatment did not really help as much…they might require further treatment which is a surgery. The surgeries will be held from Monday through to Thursday.”


Khandice Tillett

Duane Moody

“Who are you guys looking forward to see? Patients from previous years or new patients?”


Khandice Tillett

“We’ll be seeing follow up patients and new patients that will require surgery. The follow up patients are patients that had surgery before. Some of them went to the states and so the doctor is doing the follow up to see if they need any further surgery. This is being made possible through the World Pediatric Project; we sponsor the teams that come and the doctors volunteer their time and come down to Belize to do the missions.”


Duane Moody

“The medication and equipment are provided by the K.H.M.H.?”


Khandice Tillett

“We use the K.H.M.H. facilities and we bring in our medical supplies so that we don’t use the supplies that the hospital has, the limited supplies. So we work hand in hand; they provide the facility and we ship down all the supplies. It’s from birth to twenty-one years that we see. And we also collect a ten-dollar fee that is given to the hospital for use of the facility.”


The clinic starts on Saturday at eight a.m. at the K.H.M.H.

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