February – Dominican Republic: Children’s Lifeline / Children’s Hospital of Michigan
Dr. Robert Ross and Dr. Daniel Turner returned to the Dominican Republic for their 8th mission. They consulted on 33 cases and performed 11 catheter procedures and operated on 8 patients. As with most of our missions, the emphasis was on teaching and imparting as much knowledge to the medical teams in the host country. This mission proved that and the plan is for the cardiac teams to continue to perform procedures they are most comfortable handling. This has enabled them to have an almost 100% success rate and to leave the more complicated cases to the visiting mission team. Drs. Ross and Turner are hopeful that in time all the units of the hospital will be able to handle more complex cases and work as a team to be self sustaining and self sufficient.