Searchlight: WPP doctors see 89 patients in plastic and ophthalmology missions
The World Pediatric Project’s (WPP) latest mission was one with a difference, as a Pediatric Eye team worked simultaneously with a Pediatric Plastic Surgery team in the assessment and treatment of 89 patients.
The Pediatric Plastic Surgery team evaluated children with many different physical anomalies and was led by plastic surgeon Dr Blanchet of The Children’s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Dr Blanchet was supported by anesthesiologists Dr Jay Stone and Dr Marvin Shapiro as well as pediatric plastic surgery resident Dr Jeremy Powers, Lisa Sizemore Operating Room nurse and Marilyn Sage Surgical Technician.
The team’s focus provided care for children with complex cases and follow up cases of children seen previously. A total of 41 children were seen, of which four were from St Lucia, one from St Kitts and one from Dominica. Surgeries were performed on 21 children.
The ophthalmic team was led by pediatric ophthalmologist Dr Donna Brown, who received support from her daughter and optician in training Dr Karen Brown, Mary O’Hanley a certified registered nurse anesthetist as well as local doctor Dr Sherice Grant-Ledger.