Boy, 7, can swallow again after UK surgeon steps in on trip here

By Kathie Griffiths, T&A Reporter

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The Bradford team with its St. Lucia counterparts at St. Jude Hospital built underneath a football stadium.

The Bradford team with its St. Lucia counterparts at St. Jude Hospital built underneath a football stadium.

T&A – A Bradford (UK) consultant on a training trip to the Caribbean has successfully operated on a seven-year-old boy so he can swallow again.

The boy, who had accidentally swollen caustic soda, could only be fed through a tube in his stomach until Dr Sulleman Moreea, a consultant gastroenterologist and hepatologist at Bradford Royal Infirmary, stepped in to help.

Using his expertise and endoscopy skills Dr Moreea was able to show staff he was training at a hospital in St Lucia, how inserting a balloon into the boy’s scarred and tightened gullet could open it up again.

“This was just one example of how we can use endoscopy to help improve patients’ lives,” he said.

Dr Moreea and a small team of other volunteers at BRI and a nurse at a hospital in Mauritius had been leading endoscopy workshops at St Lucia’s two hospitals. The mission, in their own free time, was funded by a grant from the British Society of Gastroenterology.

Dr Moreea helped set up the two endoscopy units on the island after a taxi driver on holiday six years ago told him how the hospitals relied on public money, private donations and the support of foreign nurses and doctors.

He decided to give his own support and in 2009 took £50,000 of donated equipment to St Jude’s Hospital, where he spent a week training doctors in gastro-intestinal endoscopy.

He was devastated when all his hard work was destroyed in a fire only ten days later but rather than giving up, Dr Moreea started all over again.

During rebuilding work, he sought more donations of hundreds of thousands of pounds of replacement equipment to re-open it and was even able to open another unit at the island’s other Victoria Hospital.

During his latest trip he checked on the progress of staff he had previously trained, taught them new procedures and trained them how to train others he calls his second-generation.

Dr Moreea also spent four hours with St Lucia’s Minister of Health, Alvina Reynolds putting pressure on her to get government funding so the endoscopy units can become self-sustaining without having to rely on outside money and equipment donations.

He said: “It’s not all luxury holiday resorts and high-life that people think. There’s another side to the island which is under-resourced making serious problems for people who live there.

“I hope the minister will do her best to get money out of the finance department to support the units.”

Dr Moreea, who was accompanied by BRI consultant gastroenterologist Dr Pradeep Mundre, consultant surgeon Jonathan Robinson, endoscopy sister Nemia Domondon and charge nurse Ally Sobratty of the SSRN Hospital, Mauritius, is planning to return to St Lucia to give more training in April and October next year.

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11 comments

  1. Great job,hope the team will get the financial support needed to keep going

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  2. ASK TX50 of Southern Taxi Association he will tell you all about how it started. Bravo.

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  3. Big up to the Bradford team for their humanitarian gesture. I know the kid will remember the event forever. This experience is also great for our local staff. It is a win-win. For the Bradford folks, sip a little rum punch and enjoy some sea breezes while you "dere."

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  4. I wish the doctors at st judrs could have refered my baby brother to this doctor. He has been feeding through a tube from the day he was born. And these doctored at st Jude's and Victoria did nothing to help cuz it was them who did him that during birth. He passed away At the age of 2 may this year. The doctors at st Jude's and Victoria is happy now. But karma is a bitch they must pay. May his soul rest in peice

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  5. Great job team members God bless as u all help others

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  6. justice for millan and all the others kidz

    oh miss reynold all this talk and know work make alvina a dull minister

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  7. This is the perfect example of a "miracle". Dr Moreea, you are blessed and I thank you for sharing your blessings with us. You have not just enabled this child to swallow but you have mended all the aching hearts that had to deal with this child's condition. The child, the parents, their relatives and friends are all thankful for your intervention. Stories such as this one need to be praised. I hope that we as a country can try to do our best to keep this miracle alive.

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  8. the thousand of dollars they making during carnival drinking endless of rum and vomiting it after and skimpy clothes they pay hundreds of dollars for they wear for two days and it mash up or pack on a side can well be used usefully to fund the endoscopy unit

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  9. I know the TAXI driver who drove this Doctor. He is a member of the Southern Taxi Association, I think he also works at the St. Jude Hospital. Thank You Sir

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  10. I'm happy for the boy. I'd be miserable if I could no longer taste and swallow food! I wish the government could set up a cross training / international exchange program for our doctors to allow them to get more hands on training in more modern facilities. Think how a simple Ballon changed this child's life. Medicine is all about innovation and experience. I'm sure many of our doctors will appreciate the opportunity to improve their skills. This will motivate them to serve our people better.

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  11. Why wasn't the name of the Taxi Driver Mentioned if they know. These are the persons who as we can see has made a life time impact on our people of St. Lucia. Bravo to the TAXI DRIVER!!!!! Even if they hide the name you have done us proud.

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