During the mission, teams recorded material for the first part of a 3D educational film on the topic. This film will be an important addition to the tools available for training partner surgeons. In all, 10 patients were treated, including 7 for a unilateral cleft lip, 2 for complex retractile scars on an upper limb, and 1 for similar scars on a lower limb.
These delicate operations were undertaken in a fully functioning medical environment by a team of professional caregivers. Through these projects, the Lynx For Hope association continues to be involved with 2nd Chance.
Her first encounter with the non-profit was in September 2012, during one of their trips to Brazzaville. As the head of the Maxillofacial Surgery Unit at the Pierre Mobengo Hospital, Dr Opango-Chidas quickly expressed her interest in working with the organisation. 2nd Chance invited her to attend their conference on reconstructive surgery from 8 to 12 April 2013 at the Roi Khaled University Hospital Centre in Bujumbura, Burundi.
With support from Lynx For Hope, Dr Opango-Chidas will spend the next few weeks administering surgery for patients most in need. As a first step, approximately 10 patients will benefit from treatments for congenital deformations and the effects of physical trauma.
Thanks to this co-operative effort, 2nd Chance is able to reinforce its commitment to Congolese patients requiring reconstructive surgery. The organisation is currently preparing other projects for the provision of quality treatment for all.
After a two-year renovation project, the unit now offers an adapted, functional work environment for its healthcare professionals; a space that responds to families’ needs, and a warm, welcoming ambiance for the children hospitalized there.
At the inauguration, the renovation project actors underscored the importance of comfort in hospital environments.
This wonderful project was made possible by the participation of Lynx For Hope and its partners.
Picture: Julien Gregorio / Phovéa
Wednesday 19 of June 2013; Children’s hospital (HUG)
Amandine Frisetti (Lynx For Hope) ; Stéphane Couty (Artères Foundation) ; Carlo Lamprecht (Artères Foundation) ; Bertrand Levrat (HUG) ; Franck Blais (Lynx For Hope founder) ; Pre Barbara Wildhaber (HUG) ; Cyrille Costes (Lynx For Hope founder).
Together, they presented the platform to the transplanted children and their families. Danièle, a young patient, took the floor and invited the audience to visit her 3-D virtual room, the masterpiece of the project. The main beneficiaries of the platform were able to discover the different applications it offers during this first.
We give our warmest congratulations to Dr. McLin and Wildhaber and their teams for the realization of this pioneering project that will change the lives of many liver transplanted children.
Cyrille Costes (Lynx For Hope founder) Claude LeCoultre (former Head of Service of Pediatric Surgery and former chairwoman of the Artères Foundation), PhD. Valerie McLin (medical manager of the Swiss Centre for Liver Diseases and Head of the Child Project), PhD. Barbara Wildhaber (surgical head of Swiss Center for Liver Diseases of the Child); Franck Blais (Lynx For Hope founder) Ms. Murena (Astellas company) M Lobsiger (Astellas company).
Franck Blais comments: “Today Singapore is one of the main global centres for commodities trading. Given our growth in the past few years, opening an office there is a very natural move, one that will bring us closer to our main clients and partners. In the coming years, one of our primary objectives will be to develop our regional activities in Asia, both in terms of trading and investment portfolios.”
2nd Chance is a Swiss association that sends teams of doctors to disadvantaged regions of the world to perform reconstructive surgery and related training. The photo exhibit was located in the Uni-Dufour building at the University of Geneva.
One visitor praised the exhibit: “Over 50 people attended the exhibit opening. The photos displayed the range of medical aid provided by the 2nd Chance doctors and the importance of their work for victims of conflict. Each series of photos told a story, showing us the names, faces and smiles of the people who benefit from the surgeons’ work. We came away with a strong sense of the association’s dedication and a desire to support them in their efforts.”
The exhibit was a great success for 2nd Chance, which also trains surgeons to provide aid onsite for people in need. A round of applause for Franck Baumann as well as Dr Quinodoz and his team for sharing the association’s truly human work.
On 12 October 2012, upon the proposal of the Alumni Association’s Executive Committee, the University’s Board of Education granted the title of Alumni of the Year to five doctors who work with 2nd Chance. This Swiss association sends teams of doctors to disadvantaged and post-conflict regions to perform reconstructive surgery and related medical training. The doctors distinguished with this title are:
- Dr François Chappuis
- Dr Antoine Geissbuhler
- Dr Benjamin Gold
- Dr Marc Péchère
- Dr Pierre Quinodoz
Their alma mater applauds their important work and effective on-the-field approach. These healthcare professionals put in place a strong network for mutual aid and reconstructive surgery training in several countries throughout Africa.