With the assistance of the Assyrian Medical Society (â€œAMSâ€), two young children will be arriving in the United States from Iraq on July 29, 2009 to receive long awaited medical services. With travel and surgery logistics in place, the patients, each with one family member escort, are due to arrive in Los Angeles Airport where AMS will host them.
Khairotha Esho, a 9 year-old girl who was born with congenital absence of the left fingers, has a primitive hand with a complete wrist joint, but underdeveloped metacarpal bones and no fingers. She has a dysfunctional arm to which no therapies are available.
Arbella Amanwel Korsh, a 12 year-old girl suffers from severe scoliosis, a deformity of the spine that may become life threatening. Following her examination by a foreign medical team, the child was declared untreatable in Iraq due to the lack of proper health care, and was recommended to undergo the necessary surgery in advanced centers in Europe or the United States.
Through the intervention of the Assyrian Medical Society, both patients have been accepted by the Shriners Hospitals for Children â€“ Los Angeles, where they will be admitted on August 3, 2009 to undergo surgery treatments and remain for the duration of their recovery.
For more information about these two young patients and to learn about the mission of the Assyrian Medical Society, visit www.assyrianmedical.org, or call 818- 501-8866.
Helen Talia, Chicago Director