District 7230 Chair Bill Currie provided the following update on potential surgical candidates at area hospitals:
“We have one child at Montefiore since March submitted through Dr. Kohen, who has been instrumental with the work we have done for children from Kosovo. This child is 10 month old GLADIOLA TAHIRAJ (born on October 22, 2013). Montefiore has indicated that this child is a potential candidate for surgery, but since she is so young, waiting a few months may be the most prudent course of action.
The other three cases regarding children from Kosovo were submitted to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center on August 11th. These cases were received through GOL International via the medical screening mission that we helped to sponsor last spring in Kosovo.
- ENEA EJUPI will be 3 years old on September 11th; she has pulmonary stenosis, which means she may be able to be treated by a cardiac catheterization procedure rather than by open heart surgery.
- ERDA ALIU was born on June 9, 2010 and has an atrial septal defect (ASD or ‘hole in the heart’). ERDA is considered a good surgical candidate by the screening team.
- REXHEP MURTEZAJ was born on December 26, 2012. She has severe aortic stenosis that can probably be corrected through a cardiac catheterization procedure. Although a cath procedure is still a form of surgery, it does not entail opening the chest cavity. The recovery time is shorter even though the process is still a delicate surgical process.
I am pleased to report this progress, and look forward to further notification from our medical partners.”