Young girl with with epilepsy receives visit by the First lady of Panama after epilepsy surgery

Wed, 2013-08-21 (All day)


First Lady of the Republic of Panama, Marta Linares de Martinelli, visited the girl Isabeth Bravo, seven-year-old, who was suffering from epilepsy and who was operated during a medical visit by a team of neurologists and neurosurgeons from New York University, through the efforts of the Office of the First Lady.

This is the second program of medical support of the Office of the First Lady, performed at the Hospital for Children’s to end this August 16, 2013 that treated 10 patients, 5 to 19 years old, from areas of poverty and extreme poverty affected by intractable epilepsy.

The First Lady thanked both New York physicians as to the Panamanians doctors, for participating in this program to help children to improve their quality of life and health status, with the reduction in seizures.

The first five operations were performed between 5 and 9 August by Argentine specialists, while 12 to August 16 corresponded to the team of neurosurgeons from New York university.

The medical team of New York University is composed of doctors: Howard Weiner, the Panamanian doctor Ruben Kuzniecky, Irene Kim and with technical support from Ameeta Grove, EEG tech.

Dr. Kuzniecky, who left Panama 25 years ago said that he was pleased to be able to help children with intractable epilepsy who do not respond to medications and have very difficult epilepsy.

He said having the support of the Office of the First Lady, would make it possible to return to Panama next January to intervene on five to ten cases of children with epilepsy.

Thanks to the Office of the First Lady, 10 children with epilepsy from central provinces, Chiriquí and Kuna Yala region, were operated by physicians at Children's Hospital by doctors from Argentina and New York.

The sessions allow surgeries for children who were on a waiting list since Panamanian specialists can learn new surgical techniques in these conditions.

During this visit, the First Lady was accompanied by the medical director of Children's Hospital, Paul Gallardo and the Panamanian medical team has participated in two medical missions.