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CUTTING-EDGE SURGERY

Two-year-old J’dae Prescott-Griffith, the very first recipient on the island to benefit from cochlear implant surgery, gives a thumbs up to signal her delight with the procedure, which has given her the gift of hearing. She was accompanied by her parents, Damian Griffith and Janelle Prescott (left); Phillipa Challis (right), one of the Trustees of the Sandy Lane Charitable Trust; Dr. Daniel Coelho (second from right), Medical Director of the VCU School of Medicine’s Cochlear Implant Programme, the surgeon who performed the procedure; and other key partners in the collaborative venture.

ON Monday, May 23, two year- old J’dae Prescott-Griffith received a life changing operation at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH). She was the very first recipient on the island to benefit from cochlear implant surgery, which now forms part of a Healthy Hearing Programme, an initiative of the Sandy Lane Charitable Trust and two other organisations. According to Phillipa Challis, one of the Trustees of the Sandy Lane Charitable Trust, J’dae, who will celebrate her third birthday on September 16 this year, received the gift of hearing for the first time in her life, thanks to surgeon Dr. Daniel Coelho, Medical Director of
the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine’s (VCU) Cochlear Implant Programme and he was assisted by Dr. Roy Forde and Dr. Chris Maynard of the QEH. She explained that the Sandy Lane Charitable Trust teamed up with the World Paediatric Project (WPP) and the QEH to make it all possible.

Speaking at a press conference held yesterday at the Sandy Lane Country Club, Challis explained that the Trust recognised the growing need in Barbados for cochlear implant surgery.

Via [www.barbadosadvocate.com]