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Holiday Wish: Ventilators for Honduras

Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Medical Society received an urgent message from Domingo T. Alvear, MD, president of the World Surgical Foundation (WSF), and former member of the Board of Trustees of the Pennsylvania Medical Society. We share it with you as a holiday wish perhaps you can help fulfill.

Dr. Alvear said, “We just returned from our annual surgical mission trip from Honduras Nov. 6 to 13, 2010. The conditions in Honduras to care for the poor and underserved are worse. We performed 75 procedures in pediatric surgery, pediatric urology, and some gynecology.”

One of the most urgent needs, he says, is for ventilators. When a child needs to be ventilated, a relative must do it manually around the clock because they don’t have ventilators.

The WSF would like to donate two refurbished ventilators costing $4,700 each plus between $5,000 to $10,000 for shipping of each unit.

In addition, the WSF needs monitoring devices costing $600 for the operating room, recovery room and the floors.

The WSF relies on your generosity to help the people of Honduras, Philippines, Haiti, India, and Africa.

Send your contribution to WSF, PO BOX 1006, Camp Hill, PA, 17001-1006, or pay by credit card at the WSF website www.worldsurgicalfoundation.org or Facebook page.

Thank you for your generosity and help.

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