Surgical Missions

May 2013 / Dr. Charles Mvondo

Dr Charles et Trevisan ICUWith the assistance of the Anesthesiologist, Dr. David Trevisan of Hesperia Hospital, Modena; Dr. Charles Mvondo could operate on several adult patients, who have been discharged in good recovery conditions. The Shisong/Modena collaboration is active and relevant and is envisaged to make strides as the year rolls on.

April 2013, San Donato Mission

Giamberti Cirri and Charles 201304 147Paediatric missions are rare, but their regularity is ensured. Dr. Alessandro Giamberti and Prof. Silvia Cirri, once more, led the 12 person team to Shisong, which included their collaborators from Hamburg University. Together with the local team, they operated upon 14 children, a ground breaking number in the history of the Cardiac Center. All the patients were discharged in normal recovery conditions by Dr. Charles Mvondo. Dr. Giamberti and Prof. Cirri are the pioneer visiting surgical team to Shisong.

April 2013, Modena Collaboration

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Dr. Ferrari on the right

The absence of an anesthesiologist has not totally hampered cardiac surgeries in Shisong. The collaboration with the Hesperia Hospital, Modena has enabled continuous support by anesthesiologists coming to work with Dr. Charles.  April was the turn of Dr. Elena Ferrari, who offered a week of intensive work in Shisong.

February 2013–Finally a Resident Cardiac Surgeon!

Everybody waited to see how the newly arrived young cardiac surgeon, Dr. Charles Mvondo, would operate alone!! With the assistance of the anesthesiologist, Dr. Italo Meloco from Switzerland and the Shisong team, the surgeon could operate on 12 patients successfully. The presence of Dr. Meloco equally enabled the performance of several catheterisation procedures by Dr. Jean Claude Ambassa and team.

January 2013 / Dr. Marco meli

The Hesperia Hospital, Modena, has opened the first surgical mission of 2013 with 8 team members including Dr. Marco Meli and Dr. Italo Ghidoni. In collaboration with Dr. Charles Mvondo, resident Cardiac Surgeon and team, these operated upon nine adults who came from various parts of Cameroon.

A remarkable donation of a portable echo machine was donated to the Cardiac Center by the visiting team. Funds for this machine had been jointly raised by Dr. Marco and the Lion’s Club, Modena. This gift closely follows the internship opportunity for theater and ICU staff, which the Hesperia Hospital recently granted to the Shisong Staff.

On behalf of the Cardiologists, Dr. Jean Claude Ambassa expressed how much the machine will empower them to diagnose the population even in remote villages like Abongshe and Ekok so that the illnesses can be effectively and timely treated with good results.

As the Cardiac Center staff hails the Modena team for such a grand opening of the year, Dr. Marco Meli foresees more sustainable collaboration with Shisong as the future unfolds.


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