Breath of life

Thanks to the generosity of the Canadian Women’s Club of Barbados, the Paediatrics  Intensive Care Unit and Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) now have a piece of equipment that can save more children suffering with respiratory failure.

Dr Kandamaran Krishnamurthy

Speaking at the handing over ceremony in the conference room of the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit on Tuesday, Head of the Department of Paediatrics, Dr Angela Jennings, thanked the club for its donation, saying that it would not only enhance the delivery of health care to Barbadian children but also to children referred to the QEH from other territories in the region.

Consultant in the Paediatrics Department, Dr Kandamaran Krishnamurthy explained the instrument, which carries a price tag of $16,000, is fitted with a fibre optic camera that can be inserted through the nostril of a child, into the throat and into the lungs.

“The fibre optic camera, which is attached to a thin tube, can enter the lungs of the child so that we can identify the problem,” Dr Krishnamurthy explained.

Community Services Chairperson of the Canadian Women’s Club of Barbados, Ann Smith, said the organization assists just over 20 charities, but the QEH is special.

“We are very happy to be able to present this piece of equipment. The QEH is very near and dear to us,” she said.

Beverley McCollin, president of the club which has been in existence since 1922, says the donation was in keeping with the one of the organization’s mandates, which is to support its communities.

“We look specifically for issues of women, children and the elderly that are at risk. Of course, who could be more at risk than a child in hospital? So it is a real privilege for us to help in this way,” she said, explaining that most of the club’s money is raised from its annual golf tournament in June.       

 

Source: (NC) 

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