SOURCE: Preemptive Love Coalition

Preemptive Love Coalition

July 25, 2011 09:00 ET

"Remedy Missions" Provide Groundbreaking Advancements in Iraqi Medical Care: American-Led Training Team Performs First-Ever Surgeries & Training in Iraq's South

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - Jul 25, 2011) - In 2003, the finest heart hospital in Iraq was looted and burned during the US-led invasion. The US military declared it "beyond repair." The heart of Iraq's cardiac care was in shambles.

Remedy Missions are a response to this declaration of hopelessness. The Preemptive Love Coalition (PLC) and its partners, the International Children's Heart Foundation and Living Light International, are facilitating a series of surgical missions that will provide Iraqi medical professionals with much-needed training and experience so they can get back to saving their children's lives.

With help from an international surgical training team, Dr. William Novick performed two of Iraq's first-ever operations (one of which was an extremely complex arterial switch) and the first Senning procedure to be done in over 10 years.

All this groundbreaking work happened during just one Remedy Mission, and it took place only eight years after Iraq's finest heart hospital was declared "beyond repair."

Recent reports claim over 29,000 children are annually turned away from heart surgery in Baghdad alone, with most of these families unable to afford the cost of airline tickets to fly their child outside Iraq, let alone the expensive surgery.

These missions put top-notch doctors in an Iraqi child's backyard, and each mission provides an average of 20 surgeries per two-week mission and approximately 5,000 hours of surgical training for local Iraqi doctors and nurses.

Each Remedy Mission puts Iraq's pediatric cardiac healthcare program one step closer toward restoration and offers Americans proof that the situation in Iraq can get better. It is far from "beyond repair."

PLC's mission is to create a medical infrastructure throughout Iraq capable of eradicating the backlog of 30,000+ children waiting in line for lifesaving heart surgery. To date, PLC has saved the lives of over 160 Iraqi children and provided local doctors with over 30,000 hours of hands-on training.

Contact Information

  • For more about Remedy Missions and how they're transforming pediatric cardiac care in Iraq, contact
    Press Secretary
    Matt Willingham
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