Canada-Guyana Outreach Mission (CanGO): Report on Surgeries – 2019

Canada-Guyana Outreach Mission (CanGO)


 While on the annual Canada-Guyana Outreach Mission (CanGO) to Guyana in 2018, the following patients were diagnosed by Dr. Clare Mitchell (Developmental Paediatrician and Medical Director of CanGO) and referred to Georgetown. When possible, children were treated by local (Guyanese) surgeons. The outcome of this collaboration was:

  • Two (2) children with cleft lip and/or palate for surgery to Dr. John Mitchell, President of the Health and Educational Relief Organization (H.E.R.O.), an American organization.
  • One (1) child to Dr. Shawn Legall, a Guyanese Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon, for a tonsillectomy.
  • One (1) child to Dr. Marissa Seepersaud, a Guyanese Pediatric Surgeon for a hernia repair.

In early March, one of CanGO’s Directors, Mr. Conrad Joseph, flew to Guyana to make final travel and accommodation arrangements for the children and a parent each.

On March 15, Conrad met all the children and their parents in Charity and brought them to Georgetown where arrangements were made, through the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, for them to stay at the Amerindian Hostel.

Over the next three (3) days, the cleft lip and/or palate surgeries were performed by Dr. Doron Ringler, an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon from New York in collaboration with Dr. Shilindra Rajkumar, a Guyanese Plastic Surgeon.  The tonsillectomy was performed by Dr. Legall, and the hernia repair was performed by Dr. Seepersaud.  After examining the child with the hernia, circumcision was deemed necessary so this procedure was carried out as well.  All the surgeries were successful.

On March 22, the children had their post-op appointments and were discharged.  The parents and children left Georgetown the following day for their trip home.

In addition to the surgical patients, the following children received medical treatment:

  • One (1) child from Region 1 was seen by Dr. Ruth Quaicoe, an Audiologist at the Georgetown Public Hospital and was diagnosed with hearing loss in her right ear. This child will receive hearing aids.
  • One (1) child with dystonia was seen by Dr. James Kort, an Orthopedic Surgeon from Arizona, and was referred to a neurologist. In the interim he was seen by Dr. Winsome Scott, a Guyanese Pediatrician.

CanGO is indebted to the many stakeholders who came together to make these life-changing surgeries possible:

  • Doron Ringler and Dr. John Mitchell of H.E.R.O.
  • Shilindra Rajkumar, Plastic Surgeon.
  • James Kort, Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Shawn Legall, Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon.
  • Marissa Seepersaud, Paediatric Surgeon.
  • Winsome Scott, Pediatrician
  • Ruth Quaicoe, Audiologist.
  • The many Guyana government agencies: Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Ministry of Public Health, Regional Heath Officer for Region 1, Dr. Ramjas.
  • Lion Tamesh Jagmohan for providing return transportation from Charity to Supenaam.
  • United Women for Special Children for providing transportation from Parika to Georgetown.
  • Clare Mitchell, Medical Director of CanGO, who continues to be very passionate about taking care of all children, especially those with special needs.
  • Conrad Joseph of CanGO who volunteered to fly to Guyana to take care of the children and their parents.
  • Yvonne Triesman, President of CanGO, whose tireless coordination, communication and attention to detail, led to a successful collaboration between diverse groups.

In the Fall of 2019 the CanGO team plan to return to Regions 1 and 2 to provide developmental and therapeutic follow-up for the children who received medical treatment in March.

PDF COPY: CanGO – 2019 Children for Surgery – Report

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