The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men….

July 18 2018

Todays picture shows a fairly content Syrian Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr M, and the surgical team after a hard day’s graft treating Syrian refugees.

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Treating Syrian War Casualties – Scarred Physically and Mentally…

 

July 16, 2018

It’s day one of another joint Orthocycle / Syrian Relief / SBMS / ATAARelief project treating casualties from the ongoing civil war in Syria. I landed at the airport in south east Turkey last night (or early today) at 0200 hours. Today was a full working day organising the logistics and seeing patients in an outpatient clinic, ready for another week of operating.

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amer shoaib receiving certificate

amer shoaib receiving certificate

examining 9 year old with leg injuries

examining 9 year old with leg injuries

infected hip joint and sacrum discharging pus

infected hip joint and sacrum discharging pus

AMER SHOAIB RECEIVES CERTIFICATE OF THANKS

Manchester orthopaedic surgeon Amer Shoaib has just returned from South East Turkey, where he has spent a week working with Syrian surgeons, to treat victims of the civil war in Syria.

At the end of his week’s stay, Amer was presented with a certificate of appreciation by the hospital manager Mahmoud Kouidir.

Eight patients underwent complex external fixation surgery. This surgery is not available within Syria, and the equipment was all recycled or donated.

BIG THANK YOU TO BIOCOMPOSITES!

We are really grateful to our friends at Biocomposites, who have donated some Stimulan for treating infections in our patients. We have used this product, mixed with antibiotics to treat patients who have contaminated bone and soft tissues from war injuries. We have used it to primarily treat injuries of war – the first documented use of antibiotic space fillers for this purpose. We have used the experience from treating Syrian patients back to Manchester, where we used the same product to treat our bomb victims there. Biocomposites supported us with treatment of the Manchester bomb by giving us free Stimulan – we cant thank them enough for their generosity and humanity.

child with congenital deformity

child with congenital deformity

Yasser Jabbar examines a nonplussed infant

Yasser Jabbar examines a nonplussed infant

Surgeon Yasser Jabbar operates on a child with DDH

Surgeon Yasser Jabbar operates on a child with DDH

MANCHESTER PAEDIATRIC TEAM COMMIT TO ORTHOCYCLE PROJECT

Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeons from the Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital have volunteered to visit Turkey to assess and treat children from Syria. These surgeons are specialists in dealing with children’s musculoskeletal problems, from malformed hip joints to malaligned or short limbs.

We have been lucky to have had Dr Yasser Jabbar from Great Ormond Street visit Emel Hospital to perform surgery on children with developmental hip dysplasia and bone loss from injury. This mission was a great success.

The war in Syria affects children in many ways – physically, socially and psychologically. As there is no infrastructure left in the country, children do not have access to normal hospital services. This means that there is no specialised treatment for children with traumatic injuries, and also no treatment for children who have congenital or developmental problems that require input from an orthopaedic surgeon.

The Manchester team will be heading out late in 2017.