MIAMI, FL — A Miami Children’s surgical team led by John Ragheb, MD, MCH Director of Neurosurgery, traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti in March, bringing hope and healing to families of children with hydrocephalus, and leaving a legacy of better healthcare within the tiny island republic.
Working in affiliation with Project Medishore, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing medical care to Haiti, Dr. Ragheb and his team arrived with surgical equipment and supplies to provide life-saving intervention for babies with hydrocephalus, a disease that causes cerebrospinal fluid to accumulate in the brain.
During the three-day visit, the team performed endoscopic neurosurgery on 17 children, creating new pathways for fluid drainage within the youngster’s brains and halting the accumulation of fluid. Previously, hydrocephalus went untreated in Haiti, leading to the inevitable disability or death of afflicted children.
The Miami Children’s medical exchange promises lasting benefits for the people of Haiti. During the visit, Dr. Ragheb trained a Haitian neurosurgeon to perform the corrective surgery and supplied him with donated equipment for future interventions.
“Through the extraordinary efforts of Miami Children’s operating room staff and a Jackson Memorial Hospital anesthesia team, we provided life saving care to children in need. Most importantly, we gave the families hope for a normal life.”
About Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children's Hospital is South Florida's only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with nearly 800 attending physicians and more than 475 pediatric subspecialists. The 309-bed hospital, known as Miami Children's Hospital from 1983 through 2014, is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with many specialty programs routinely ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report since 2008. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, please visit www.nicklauschildrens.org.