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Dear Emirates Airline Foundation,

Thank you for sponsoring the air travel for our “Take Heart Kenya” cardiac surgery team from the US to travel on a medical mission to Tenwek Hospital in Bomet, Kenya. Our mission delivered life-saving care to heart patients in need as well as training for local doctors and nurses.

Take Heart Kenya saves lives on paediatric cardiac surgery mission

We flew from Boston to Nairobi with Emirates thanks to Skywards Miles that customers generously donated to the Emirates Airline Foundation. Upon arrival in Bomet on a Saturday, we began to prepare the operating room and recovery rooms to be used for open heart surgery and patient recovery the following week. We also began to hold a cardiac clinic to screen patients for surgery.

Take Heart Kenya saves lives on paediatric cardiac surgery mission

Over 30 patients were evaluated to determine which patients should be scheduled for surgery the following week. Two of the patients came to us all the way from Uganda seeking treatment. During the week of the mission, 10 patients underwent life-saving cardiac surgical procedures. Many patients were also screened in clinic and scheduled for surgeries that will take place during our next mission.

Take Heart Kenya saves lives on paediatric cardiac surgery mission

In addition to the care received by patients during the week, the opportunity to teach and to help local nurses and doctors learn to perform the surgery and to recover patients following surgery was extremely valuable.

Take Heart Kenya saves lives on paediatric cardiac surgery mission

We are grateful to the Emirates Airline Foundation for supporting many of our missions over the years. Since team members volunteer their own paid time off from work, pay all of their lodging, licensing, domestic and ground travel expenses, the contribution of air travel is from the foundation is truly appreciated.

We look forward to returning to Kenya to continue our work.

Sincerely,

Robert C Groom, CCP
Director of Perfusion
Maine Medical Center
Team Leader for the Cardiac Mission to Tenwek Hospital

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