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The Tenwek Phenomenon

TOM KLEIN, BS, CCP, LCP, FPP
Chief, Pediatric Perfusion
Monroe Carell Jr Children's Hospital
Nashville, TN, USA

tom.klein@vanderbilt.edu

The Tenwek Phenomenon Blog:
http://tom-at-tenwek.blogspot.com/



links imageFrom the moment you open this blog, you are captivated by the writer's descriptions and photographs of a pediatric cardiac team from Vanderbilt University's Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital as they treat the devastating effects of Rheumatic Heart Disease and congenital cardiac anomalies in the endemic pediatric and adult populations of Western Kenya at Tenwek Mission Hospital.

This team of over 20 medical professionals visits Tenwek Mission Hospital annually to teach, train and operate on a fraction of the natives who desperately need surgical treatment. The team, in conjunction with Samaritan's Purse, supplies most of the hardware and disposables to perform 15 to 17 open-heart procedures each week they are on site. Each week this team is able to perform almost twice the pediatric procedures that are able to be done per year at the nearby pediatric facility in Nairobi.

links imageThis is cardiac surgery under the most basic of conditions amidst the breathtakingly beautiful countryside of Western Kenya. Take a moment to learn about the incredible vision this pediatric cardiac surgery team at The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University has for developing a free-standing surgical program at Tenwek Mission Hospital to address the cardiac needs of the 600,000 Kipsigi natives afflicted with Rheumatic Heart Disease and their children afflicted with congenital cardiac defects.



Disclosure Statement: The author has no conflicts of interest to disclose.