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“RTI Biologics Gives 35-Allograft Donation to CURE-International” from Becker’s ASC Review
“CURE to observe world clubfoot day” from Nagaland Post
“BEC Recordings and Air1 Celebrate Club Awesome Live Tour” from BreatheCast
SEATTLE, WA – June 04, 2013 –BEC Recordings and AIR1 presented the “Club Awesome Live Tour,” which concluded its second leg last month. BEC Recordings’ artists’ Manafest, KJ-52, 7eventh Time Down and Shine Bright Baby joined AIR1’s Brant Hansen. Each night was a dance party with a purpose: to help heal kids in the developing world through CURE International. The free shows traveled from Texas to Oklahoma to Arizona to California to Washington during the tour. With nine shows, there were more than 10,000 in total attendance. »Read the rest of this entry
Good morning from the Great Rift Valley! Boy, does that sound great to me!!!!! I am here in Kijabe, Kenya, sipping a smooth, mellow cup of dark AA Kenyan coffee. Although I cannot see the valley from where I am staying, I have enjoyed many short walks to take in the views. The valley floor is covered with green vegetation. Trees and shrubs planted just a few years ago break the winds forces and give shade from the sun. Kijabe, Kenya — a great place to be. »Read the rest of this entry
Evidence does not explain itself. If it did, prosecutors in a trial would only have to submit “the weapon” and/or “torn piece of clothing” found at the murder scene and then rest their case. Evidence, especially in medicine, needs to be explained, better understood, and promoted through research and other painstaking efforts. That evidence can then be confirmed and, as pertinent, modified for different applications. This is certainly true for the non-invasive clubfoot treatment protocol that has become the standard of care throughout the world.
June 3rd has been proclaimed World Clubfoot Day by Ponseti International Association (PIA), associated with the Orthopedic Surgery Department at the University of Iowa. PIA is named after the late Dr. Ignacio Ponseti, an orthopedic surgeon whose treatment method and associated research bears his name. It is the treatment protocol CURE International and its specialty program, CURE Clubfoot Worldwide (CCW), subscribe to for treating children with clubfoot in developing world settings.
CCW is associated with programs and other efforts in the western hemisphere (Honduras, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic), in Africa (Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, Ethiopia, Niger, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, Ghana, Togo, Sierra Leon, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique), and in Asia (India, Afghanistan, and Cambodia). All of these efforts are underway due to a combination of collaborative partnerships with local partners, local ministries of health, government aid agencies, local clinics, international non-government organizations (NGOs), and others. Included in this list of partners are: USAID, AusAID, CBM International, miraclefeet, Prosthetic Orthopedic Foundation (POF), ICRC, Cornerstone Foundation, and Vitol Foundation. CCW is a founding partner of Global Clubfoot Initiative (GCI), which has more than 25 members involved with efforts to eliminate the disability caused by clubfoot for children in the developing world. A number within the GCI ranks – including Professor Chris Lavy, the Chief Medical Officer for CURE International and CCW Medical Director – were personally trained by Dr. Ponseti on his method for treating clubfoot.
All of these efforts trace their roots back to the work of one man, Dr. Ignacio Ponseti. PIA carries forth his legacy with its strong efforts and focus on training and education throughout the world. Dr. Jose Morcuende, the CEO and Medical Director of PIA, leads these efforts to ensure the quality of the Ponseti method is adhered to and to promote the Ponseti method as the standard of care for treating clubfoot anywhere in the world.
One of the great strengths of the Ponseti method is its adaptability. This was first proven in Uganda by Drs. Shafique Pirani and Norgrove Penny, and shortly thereafter in Malawi, led by Drs. Chris Lavy and Steve Mannion; in Kenya, led by Dr. Joseph Theuri, AIC CURE International Hospital of Kenya Medical Director; in Bangladesh, by Walk for Life, an international NGO started by Colin Macfarlane; in Latin America, by miraclefeet; and many other places by other GCI members. Today, the fastest growing segment within all of CCW efforts is its India program, administered by CURE International India Trust (CIIT) leadership team, which in the forefront of addressing untreated clubfoot issues with great focus and intent.
CCW congratulates PIA continuing the great legacy of Dr. Ponseti. We are grateful for all its success to date and wish all involved with PIA continued success in the future. Along with the fellow members of GCI, CCW endeavors to continue to its part to provide this life-changing medical care to the children in the developing world who are born with clubfoot. Learn more about CURE’s clubfoot activities at http://cure.org/clubfoot.
ALACHUA, Fla.–RTI Biologics Inc. (RTI), a leading provider of orthopedic and other biologic implants, recently donated 35 bone allograft implants to Lemoyne, Pa.-based CURE International. The demineralized bone matrix (DBM) powder, illium strip tricortical and hemi femoral shaft will be used at AIC-CURE International Children’s Hospital of Kenya in Kijabe, Kenya, to care for more than 30 children with severe spinal disorders.
According to Timothy Mead, M.D., global consultant for CURE International, the allografts will be used to treat physically disabled, economically-disadvantaged patients at CURE’s 30-bed orthopedic/pediatric teaching hospital. The hospital provides care for children suffering from conditions such as clubfoot, cleft lip and cleft palate, curvature of the spine and disabilities stemming from polio, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and other congenital abnormalities. The donated implants will be used as part of the treatment for patients suffering from tuberculosis, which often affects their spine and other joints.
“Typically, children with severe spinal disorders will arrive at our mobile clinic in an advanced state of the disease in which an entire vertebra or more may have been eaten away and the spine is collapsing into severe kyphosis,” said Mead. “The child may be unable to walk independently, they may have difficulty controlling their bladder and bowels and all will have constant back pain. The worst affected children are unable to move or feel their lower limbs, which puts them at risk of developing pressure sores, infection and death.”
CURE International surgeons working in Kenya have limited access to metal or synthetic implants and, with small children in particular, there may be little autograft available for the surgery. Allograft implants, such as those donated by RTI, can be used to restore spinal alignment and fill the defect after surgery.
“Recovery following the surgery is a slow process, but often, within a few days, we see improvement,” said Mead. “Patients find that their back pain disappears and smiles return to their faces.”
According to Mead, RTI’s donated implants will help more than 30 children in Kenya—the total amount of children who undergo spinal reconstruction surgery in one year at the hospital.
“As a global biologics company, RTI is honored to support the work of surgeons like Dr. Mead through this donation to CURE International,” said Brian K. Hutchison, RTI president and CEO. “We are grateful to be a part of the process — from the generous gift of tissue donation to the hard work of the surgeon at implantation — of providing these safe, biologic implants that will help restore life for these children in Kenya.”
Allografts are used as an alternative to synthetic and metal implants. However, unlike synthetic or metal implants, allografts are a natural and biocompatible scaffold, allowing the recipient’s body to remodel it into his or her own tissue over time. Using allograft tissue rather than an autograft eliminates a second surgical site, allowing the recipient to avoid additional pain, risk and a possibly longer hospital stay. In addition, in some cases, it is not possible to obtain an autograft, so allografts are a natural solution.
RTI uses stringent donor screening, laboratory testing and proprietary, validated sterilization processes to ensure patients’ safety. These redundant safeguards provide the highest level of confidence that patients will receive safe, high quality tissue. RTI honors the gift of tissue donation by treating the tissue with respect, by finding new ways to use the tissue to help patients and by helping as many patients as possible from each donation.
About CURE International
CURE International is the largest provider of reconstructive surgery to disabled children in the developing world and operates hospitals and programs in 29 nations. Since opening the doors of its first surgical teaching hospital in Kijabe, Kenya in 1998, CURE’s focus on bringing healing to developing nations has resulted in more than 2 million patient visits and over 147,000 surgeries to correct physically disabling conditions. CURE has also trained more than 6,600 medical professionals, raising the standard of care in the countries where it operates.
The AIC-CURE International Children’s Hospital in Kijabe serves approximately 8,000 children and performs approximately 2,500 surgeries each year. The hospital also operates mobile clinics that travel to remote regions to provide follow-up care and identify children who can be treated at the hospital. To learn more, visit www.cure.org.
About RTI Biologics Inc.
RTI Biologics Inc. is a leading provider of sterile biologic implants for surgeries around the world with a commitment to advancing science, safety and innovation. RTI prepares human donated tissue and animal tissue for transplantation through extensive testing and screening, precision shaping and using proprietary, validated processes. These allograft and xenograft implants are used in orthopedic, dental and other specialty surgeries.
RTI’s innovations continuously raise the bar of science and safety for biologics – from being the first company to offer precision-tooled bone implants and assembled technology to maximize each gift of donation, to inventing validated sterilization processes that include viral inactivation steps. These processes — BioCleanse®, Tutoplast® and Cancelle® SP DBM — have a combined record of more than five million implants sterilized with zero incidence of implant-associated infection. These processes have been validated by tissue type to inactivate or remove viruses, bacteria, fungi and spores from the tissue while maintaining biocompatibility and functionality.
RTI’s worldwide corporate headquarters are located in Alachua, Fla., with international locations in Germany and France. The company is accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks in the United States and is a member of AdvaMed.
Updated to correct photo credit, June 6, 2013.
Breathing is one of those innate drives that is very difficult to suppress. Not being able to breath has to be the worst feeling in the entire world. I think that is why I hate both scuba diving and wearing MOPP gear (the suit the military has you wear when chemical/biological weapons are a threat). In both those cases, I feel like I am breathing against high resistance and my life depends on it; this inevitably makes me feel panicked, which would then make it even more difficult to breath. Looking in the eye of a patient who is struggling to breath is difficult as well. Every muscle in their body is tense, their eyes full of fear.
We had a little girl at CURE last week who had a slowly growing tumor in her tongue. »Read the rest of this entry
We recently celebrated Women’s Day at the hospital. As is tradition at the hospital, all the women get a matching pagne (the fabric they make their clothes out of), and they go get their own outfit made especially for the Women’s Day celebration. They get together and all help cook a meal together. We had pintade (guinea fowl) in a delicious sauce with french fries, and of course piment (spicy sauce). It was really fun to get to participate in it and to have an outfit made. I am always struck by how kind and welcoming our staff is, and it was great just hanging out together.
Here at the hospital (and everywhere else for that matter), women do so much work – so it was really nice to have a day to honor women and to celebrate them. Even though Leon is a boy, he was allowed to join us, and did his best to steal the show. Here are some pictures: »Read the rest of this entry
Good morning! What a beautiful weekend here in west Michigan! The temperatures are in the mid 70’s, plants are growing, and people are celebrating with yard work and yard sales. I, too, have spent time enjoying digging and planting; I have not been at this home during this time of year. Soon I leave the US.
People have been asking me all sorts of questions about Jana and my life plans. Have I retired? No, too young and healthy. Have I left missions? No, I still feel my calling to serve but in a different role. Have I left CURE International? No, I am a CURE missionary. Do I have a terminal disease bringing us back? No, I don’t think so.
Life changes as time moves on. God’s vision remains true, but your plans will change. Here follows my ‘best guess’—my plans for the near future. The Mead saga, phase two: “New Doctors for a new world.” »Read the rest of this entry
I was done with my work for the day. As was my habit before leaving the hospital, I tidied my desk and office, walked through the patient ward and spoke the nurse in charge, said “good night” to the receptionist, and then spoke with the security guard on my way out of the building. This time the guard asked me a question I did not expect.
“What should I do with the cow?” he asked me.
“What should you do with the cow,” I repeated with a confused look.
“Yes – what should I do with the cow that is tied up out back?”
“What should you do with the cow that is tied up out back?”
“Yes – the cow for the celebration that is tied up out back.”
“… the cow for the celebration that is tied up out back …?” »Read the rest of this entry