Topic: Ghana 2012

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Nov, 13
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A ‘Life-Changing’ Email From Kenya

A ‘Life-Changing’ Email From Kenya

It all started with an email. Olive and Randolph Tindika from Kenya were running out of options for their daughter Olivine, who has a cloacal exstrophy, or birth defect of the abdominal and genital organs. Olivine received an initial surgery from doctors in Kenya, but she ultimately needed a more complex surgery.

Their online browsing led them to contact information on Dr. Alberto Peña’s web page. Olive sent what she calls a “life-changing email communication” …

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Apr, 12
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Ghana 2012: Fulfilling, humbling experience

(Reported by Della Heiman and Cliff Goldkind, volunteer members of the Ghana 2012 mission, organized by the Colorectal Center at Cincinnati Children’s)

As the team gathered at the Accra Airport Holiday Inn for one final dinner, one final speech by Dr. Levitt, and one final group photo, the air was filled with pride, camaraderie, and fulfillment. Team members recounted stories from the week, shared their impressions, and made plans to rendezvous in various international locations.

Meaningful collaboration

As a first-time participant in a Colorectal Center team mission, OR Nurse Sarah-Ross Tolin expected that …

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Apr, 12
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Ghana 2012: Olivine’s journey

(Reported by Cliff Goldkind and Della Heiman, volunteer members of the Ghana 2012 surgical mission organized by the Colorectal Center at Cincinnati Children’s)

Friday March 30: This morning, the team’s work was broadcast far and wide on Ghana TV’s morning show, which featured an interview with Dr. Marc Levitt describing this week’s mission.

The show, which airs daily at 6 am, is one of the highest rated shows in Ghana with viewership reaching even some of the country’s most remote villages.

Sharing information about Korle …

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Mar, 12
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Ghana 2012: Refurbished with Love

(Reported by Sam Levitt, Cliff Goldkind and Della Heiman, volunteer members of the Ghana 2012 surgical mission organized by the Colorectal Center at Cincinnati Children’s)Thursday March 29: From the balconies, stairwells, and corridors of the building, more than 100 people spilled into the newly painted courtyard of the Mother’s Hostel at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
Members of the visiting surgical team, hospital administration, the Mother’s Hostel management, and dozens of hostel guests gathered for a special evening dedication to celebrate the renovation.  While the surgical teams were …

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Mar, 12
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Ghana 2012: Lectures, Laughter and Long Days

(Reported by Sam Levitt, Cliff Goldkind and Della Heiman, volunteer members of the Ghana 2012 surgical mission organized by the Colorectal Center at Cincinnati Children’s)

It’s almost impossible to imagine that a talk entitled “The Surgeon’s Role in Fecal Incontinence and Constipation,”  could be interesting, engaging and even entertaining. But based on the audience reactions, you could have mistaken Dr. Marc Levitt’s lecture this morning for comedy night at the Apollo.

Even at the early hour of 7:30 am, the lecture …