This week I joined VOOM Foundation this on a open-heart medical mission to Nigeria as part of the surgical critical care team. It has been an eye opening experience to not only give back to my native community but to also provide medical care to those in dire need. This mission also contributes to teaching and improving medical care overall. We are “passing the torch” to provide adequate medical care in areas that have little to no access to such care. Understandably, the financial burden to continue our efforts is enormous. We would be honored to receive your monetary donation to continue to save lives and renew spirits!
In 2014, VOOM Foundation through a partnership with the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, restarted the once abandoned open-heart program in Nigeria. Nigerian’s suffering from heart disease either traveled out of the country for surgery or died. In Nigeria, with the population of 175M at the time, it was the only opportunity for Nigerians suffering from heart disease to get surgery. VOOM travels several times a year to Nigeria to perform life-saving surgery to those in need. To date, VOOM Foundation has performed a total of 164 open-heart cases and leads all other health organizations in the entire country. The long-term goal of VOOM Foundation is to create a sustaining healthcare program that provides impartial healthcare to everyone despite their ability to pay.