Help MMC's PICU team treat pediatric heart disease in Kenya

For: Brittany Crush, Kimberley Matheson, Kathleen Bennett
Portland, ME
Organizer: Michael Ferguson
$6,288
of $8,000 goal.
Raised by 78 donors
78% Complete
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The Story

For ten days over the end of April and into May 2017, a dedicated pediatric team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, perfusionists, intensivists and nurses from Maine Medical Center will embark on a trip to Tenwek Hospital in Bomet, Kenya. In that short time our group will perform 10 open heart surgeries on pediatric patients spearheaded by the cardiac surgeon Dr Reed Quinn and perfusionist Bob Groom.

Each of these fragile patients will return to a makeshift pediatric intensive care staffed 24hrs a day by nurses and doctors donating their time and expertise from Maine Medical Center. 

This can only be done with the very generous donations of Emirates Airlines and Samaritan's Purse and help from Tenwek Hospital. However, not all expenses are paid and the ICU team still needed to find $5000 to help cover transport, food, accommodation and licencing. (Update) Through the amazingly generous donations of patients, friends, family and completely altruistic strangers, we have all but achieved this initial goal. However, you haven't missed your chance to help. We have raised the cap on our drive to $8000 and any extra donations we receive above the costs of licencing and visas will be put towards medication, equipment and toys for the children and their families. We are so humbled by all of your help. It truly is an honor to do this work.

Thank you so much for considering adding to this mission. We, and the children of Kenya, thank you.

Brittany Crush RN, Kimberly Matheson RN, Kathleen (KB) Bennett RN & Michael Ferguson MD

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 14, 2017

Posted on March 14, 2017

Unfortunately Mary has had to withdraw from the mission. Don't worry, we know we can still successfully complete this mission and are excited to do so. We will use any extra funds that we raise to help pay the costs for other members of the team not specifically listed. We want to thank you all again for your support. The trip is only 6 weeks away; we are so thrilled to be going.

Posted on March 2, 2017

Posted on March 2, 2017

Fantastic news, Kathleen (KB) Bennett RN will be joining our team in Kenya! We can't wait to have here expertise over there with us. Of course it comes with more licencing, accommodation and food costs but we thank all of our generous supporters thus far for allowing us to achieve our dreams. We are so close and so very grateful.

Posted on February 26, 2017

Posted on February 26, 2017

We wanted to send out another quick thank you to all of our amazing donors. We are so close to our initial goal of $5000 that we are now guaranteed to be able to make the trip to Kenya, which is truly phenomenal. This means that 10 children will have the chance to a normal life which otherwise would have been dramatically shortened by their congenital cardiac disease. What greater gift is there? We really cannot tell you how grateful we are to all of you. 

Thanks to your generosity we will now be increasing the cap to the donation drive and will spend any extra we obtain on medications, equipment and hopefully some toys for the kids and their families.

Again, thank you so much for your support. It means the world to us and to the very fortunate children of Kenya.

Sincerely,

Michael Ferguson

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