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World Pediatric Project named Caribbean Cardiac Society 2018 Honoree

WPP is Healing Small Hearts in a Big Way
Richmond, VA (Jul. 18, 2018) – World Pediatric Project has been chosen in recognition of its outstanding contributions and substantial impact of its work to provide cardiovascular care to pediatric patients in the Eastern Caribbean and is being awarded the 2018 Caribbean Cardiac Society Honoree at the 33rd Caribbean Cardiology Conference on July 18-21st in St. Lucia. 

Since 2002 WPP has led 36 cardiac mission teams to the Eastern Caribbean; providing 4,755 screenings, and mobilizing 166 children to the U.S. for cardiac surgery or cauterization procedures. Congenital heart conditions are the leading birth defect among children worldwide, and thus represent a significant portion of WPP’s diagnostic and surgical outreach in the Eastern Caribbean region. 

Dr. Bill Moskowitz is a pediatric cardiologist for Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU and a volunteer for WPP. He says helping communities with a lack of medical resources like WPP is doing in nine Caribbean countries and Central America is extremely important. “Healing is a matter of time but is also a matter of opportunity.  Providing opportunities where none existed for treatment, cure or prevention of disease improves the lives of children and provides hope and enhanced possibilities for their future,” says Dr. Moskowitz, firmly. “If we can help these children to grow into responsible, educated, and healthy adults, the reward is the contributions they will someday make to the communities from which they came. In the long run, they enhance the quality of life in these communities, they give back to them.”

Seven-month-old Reanna is one of the most recent babies to benefit from the St. Vincent WPP pediatric diagnostic cardiology clinic led by Dr. Bill Moskowitz last March. She was born premature with a congenital heart defect called tetralogy of Fallot, a combination of four different heart defects that can be fatal if left untreated. Her mother was also born with a cardiac defect and had to wait until she was a teenager to correct it.   After Reanna’s diagnosis she traveled to Richmond in May for open heart surgery. Back in her home country Reanna will continue to be closely monitored by WPP pediatric specialists in the years ahead.  

WPP CEO Susan Rickman says having access to skilled pediatric specialists and being able to have open heart surgery are like dreams come true to many children like Reanna. “Our goal in this region as it is everywhere is to reach as many children as early as possible to provide the best surgical and treatment options. We are thrilled to be recognized by the Caribbean Cardiac Society and are grateful for this honor,” discloses Susan. “We could not continue to do the good work we do without the help of our generous pediatric specialists and the myriads of other partners including local governments, businesses, civic organizations and individual community members.”  

World Pediatric Project will receive the award at the Caribbean Cardiac Society Annual Awards Banquet on July 20th in St. Lucia, and Dr. Bill Moskowitz will also be making a presentation on World Pediatric Project’s impact on cardiovascular health of children in the Eastern Caribbean countries of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
 
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About World Pediatric Project

World Pediatric Project is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to bridging the gap in access to pediatric advanced medical care. Since 2001, WPP has assisted more than 12,000 children in the Caribbean and Central America including hundreds of children who have received care in Richmond for complex conditions requiring comprehensive medical center resources. For more information, visit worldpediatricproject.org or call 804-282-8830. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Contacts:
Denise Kranich, Director of Annual Campaign and Stewardship
World Pediatric Project
dkranich@worldpediatricproject.org
804-282-8830
www.worldpediatricproject.org