ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- The Pediatric Orthopedic Project is a group of St. Louis-based doctors and nurses that travels to the Dominican Republic each year to perform corrective spinal surgeries on children with scoliosis. Each year, the group battles challenges to get their work done, including outdated and broken equipment, lack of supplies and medication, and unreliable electricity.
Like other non-profit organizations, the group relies on donations and grants to make the annual trip possible. Money left over after the surgeries are covered is donated back to Arturo Grullón Children’s Hospital.
To date, the team has performed 34 corrective spinal surgeries in the Dominican Republic. Their counterparts in Santiago have completed another 60 surgeries.
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