Since March 2013, VOOM has delivered a total of 10 medical missions and assisted in five others, executing a total of 130 open-heart procedures since the inception of our organization. This total of cases in the past three years exceeds the total number of cases performed in the previous 26 years of existence prior to closure of the program in 2000. It is the goal of VOOM and UNTH to perform up to 200 cases a year, if awarded adequate funding and support.
Each VOOM medical mission is typically comprised of a group of up to 20 medical volunteers from across the nation. The team consists of several cardiac surgeons, a cardiologist, an intensivist, an anesthesiologist, a perfusion team, a respiratory therapist and several ICU nurses and a biomedical engineer. Each medical volunteer is recruited with the intention to provide training and teach best practices to the local medical staff at UNTH. In August 2015, the Nigerian Cardiac Surgeons performed the first unassisted open-heart surgery since the missions began in 2013. Although this is a huge accomplishment, VOOM will need to continue to guide and educate, progress is steady.
“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love."
~ Mother Teresa