St Kitts boy receives free heart surgery in Cayman

| 04/11/2015
Cayman News Service

Phesaun McCalmon and his mother, Shellon

(CNS): A boy from St Kitts and Nevis received free cardiac surgery at Health City Cayman Islands, with the help of two charities, Have A Heart Cayman and the World Paediatric Project. Shellon McCalmon thanked the hospital on behalf of her 12-year-old son, Phesaun, who was treated for an atrial septal defect, a hole in the wall that separates the top two chambers of the heart.

She thanked the medical facility “for the hospitality you have offered to us. For your patience and time in making me, and my son most of all, safe and well.”

The surgery was performed by Dr Binoy Chattuparambil, a senior cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon with more than 20 years of experience, and cardiac surgeon Dr Sumit Modi. The surgery and hospital stay were funded by the two charities.

“We were very excited to be able to send our first patient to Health City Cayman Islands,” said Susan Rickman of World Paediatric Project. “We are also looking forward to a long and successful partnership with Health City as we strive to provide quality healthcare for kids around the world.”

Referring paediatrician Dr Ian Jacobs in St Kitts, said, “This was my first experience working with Health City Cayman Islands. The professional service they provided was excellent, and the support they gave to my patient and his mother was wonderful.” He added that the doctors kept him informed with regular updates throughout the process.

Since opening last year, Health City has performed surgeries for numerous children from Haiti free of charge in collaboration with partners such as Digicel and Have a Heart.


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