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Amman Riley/Rotary VTT Trip #4 with Chain of Hope

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(Original post by Dr. Johansen on Aug 28th on https://rileymiddleeastmissions.wordpress.com)

I haven’t been posting because I’ve been having some difficulty with connectivity. I won’t be able to share any photos for the time being, which is unfortunate because that’s the part that really allows you to see and feel the lives we are touching and to put a face to the wonderful team and hosts we are working with.

Saturday was a busy day. Our first case was a four-month-old with TAPVR. Dr. Mohammed was a great help. The second case went well, a child with dextrocardia and coarctation of the aorta. They both kept Dr. Riad and Sheila very busy. Lina Barghouthi was a gracious and wonderful host for dinner at her house with other Jordan Rotarians and members and supporters of the Chain of Hope. After dinner was a trip back to the hospital to check on our postop patients. Dr. Riad spent the night at the hospital, but we hope to get him some rest and relief tomorrow.

Sunday was another busy day at the hospital. The first case was a very ill 2 1/2 year-old with tetralogy of Fallot and pulmonary atresia who had oxygen saturations that were very low (around 40%). Dr. Mark placed a patch below her pulmonary valve and opened the pulmonary valve up some. Her saturations came up to almost normal! Her aunt said “you changed her in a moment!” She will need future surgery but is feeling much better than previously. Our previous postoperative patients are progressing, though one remains critically ill. Back at it early tomorrow for a difficult case in a child with severe mitral stenosis and pulmonary hypertension.

Dr. T and Emma from Chain of Hope High Five a previous patient in Dr. Kal’s clinic!

Little Hani

Na’el- president of GOLA (Gift of Life Amman), Dr. Mohammad, Dr. Mark, our patient and her father, Rob- CEO of Gift of Life International, and a wonderful Al Khalidi ICU Nurse!

I’ve added pics and captions best I can from Indiana while Dr. Johansen deals with tech issues in Amman… Update from Dr. T as of Tuesday, August 29th is that 10 cases are already completed! Two more operating days for this busy mission…  Two more complicated cases completed today and went well…  Praying for a smooth transition in the ICU overnight  for the patients and Al Khalidi staff and that our team rests well…

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August 30, 2017 at 1:53 am

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Amman Riley/Rotary VTT Trip #4 with Chain of Hope

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(Original post by Dr. Johansen on August 25th on https://rileymiddleeastmissions.wordpress.com)

Dr. T performed two PDA ligations today while the rest of the team was still en route. Ruba and Na’el from GOL Amman graciously picked us up at the airport and got us to the hotel. Dr. Khal took us all out for some kanafeh to be sure we would have the nourishment required for tomorrow’s two cases, slated to be a 4 month old with TAPVR and a newborn coarctation. Sounds like it will be a busy week. We are grateful for the opportunity to help these children and for the collaboration and friendship this work brings.


Dr. Riad and Dr. Rania come straight to the hospital from the airport to check on the first patients!

Kanafeh!!

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August 30, 2017 at 1:43 am

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Amman Riley/Rotary VTT Trip#4 with Chain of Hope!

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(Original post by Dr. Johansen on Thursday, Aug 24th on https://rileymiddleeastmissions.wordpress.com)

Dr. T is already in Amman and rumor is there are 3 cases on for tomorrow. Our team is looking pretty bright eyed. Not sure we’ll feel the same way when we join the rest of the medical team in Amman tomorrow after a long overnight flight, but we are looking forward to getting the work started.
Dr. Michael Johansen (Peds Cardiology), Dr. Rania Abbasi (Peds Anesthesia), ICU Nurse Sheila Rocchio, and Dr. Riad Lutfi (Peds Intensivist)

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August 30, 2017 at 1:37 am

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