By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
Seven Belizeans have benefitted from having complex spinal surgery done at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital through the international organization Spine Overseas.
The team from SOS conducted a week long clinic at the KHMH, where they performed two surgeries on patients with degenerated spines, four cases of spine trauma and one complex multiple pathology case.
Dr. John Williams of SOS told The Reporter that SOS has had an expanding relationship with the Belize Spine Program of the KHMH for five years, and have been able to provide surgeries that would have been otherwise inaccessible to some patients.
“We make trips twice a year and when we do we see patients that have been referred by Belizean physicians,” Williams said, “after we treat them surgically Dr. Javier Dupui and the rest of the KHMH staff are here caring for those patients they recover from surgery.”
Dr. Adrian Coye, chief executive officer of KHMH, explained that with the cost of the equipment and materials needed to perform these types of surgeries, one such operation can cost in excess of US$80,000.
The SOS team also donated two Cell saver machines to the KHMH after they had concluded their clinics.
The machines can be sued during major surgeries which come with the risk of haemorrhaging, and are used for patients who do not want a blood transfusion.
SOS values the machines at around $US80,000 each.