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Fixing Iraq's Bleeding Heart

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Novick in the halls of Al-Kafeel Super Specialty Hospital.  A conservative, tough-talking, Tennessee-based surgeon is an unlikely hero to gravely ill children in the world's most war-torn countries.  Story by Jordan Campbell Reprinted from Men's Journal June 2018 ON THE SEVENTH FLOOR of Karbala’s modern Al-Kafeel Super Specialty Hospital, in a white-tiled operating room, Dr. William Novick has Dua, a 12-year-old girl from Baghdad, on the table with her chest cavity clamped open. Alongside three Iraqi doctors, the surgeon is struggling to repair the girl’s failing artificial heart valve. The room is quiet and cool, an icy cocoon insulated from Iraq’s desert...

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Volunteer Story – Lacy Holevis, Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse

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I’ve always wanted to do some type of volunteer work and this organization really caught my attention. I’ve been a PICU/CICU nurse for seven years now and I am passionate about taking care of children with cardiac defects. I love to learn about other cultures and how medicine and nursing are practiced in other countries. This organization is perfect for me because it gives me an opportunity to do both of those things while helping children at the same time. I also enjoy educating the local staff in other countries about how to take care of these children in the...

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The World Loses Another Giant in Pediatric Heart Surgery

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When receiving the news that Dr. Francis Fontan passed away earlier this week, RACF's colleague, renowned pediatric cardiac surgeon Dr. William Novick, said “Another giant in pediatric heart surgery passed from our midst.” Dr. Fontan is the individual who pioneered the development of the “Fontan” operation. The Fontan operation made it possible for those children born with one ventricle to have a chance to separate the “red” from the “blue” blood and lead nearly normal lives for many years. Dr. Fontan’s contribution to the field of pediatric heart surgery cannot be over-emphasized as it is the final operation which nearly all...

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Miron Kravchenko's ear surgery a success

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Septemer 26, 2017 The surgery to correct Miron's microtia lasted seven and half hours. Surgeons at the California Ear Institute in East Palo Alto, California managed to restore his auditory passages and reconstructed his auditory cavity. The treatment was successful. The boy is now under specialist observation. In March 2018, he is expected back at the clinic for a similar procedure on the second ear.

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Lera Gaivaronskaya was successfully operated at St. Mary’s Hospital in West Palm Beach, FL

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August 9, 2017 As a result of the operation, her knee joint was brought back to the proper position and fixed in place with a spoke. Lera is now back at home and even attending nursery school. A year from now the girl is expected back at the hospital for the next treatment stage.

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