Koreans to Have Surgery Here
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10-A Thur., Dec. 31, 1981 SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER The Times Koreans to have surgery here By SALLY REESE Times Medical Writer Two South Koreans with congenital heart defects are due here Saturday for cardiac surgery at LSU Medical Center. Ahn Yu Mi, a 26-year-old woman, and Lee Kun Choon, a 5-year-old boy, will be the first of eight Koreans who will be coming to the medical center in 1982 for free heart Surgery. They will be met at Shreveport Regional Airport by Dr. Ralph W. Baucum, chief of the cardiology section in the pediatrics department of LSUMC, and Mary Birge, who will serve as interpreter. They will go directly to LSU Hospital from the airport. The woman and the child have a pre-sumed diagnosis of tetralogy of Fallot - the classic "blue baby" syndrome. The woman was reported to be in urgent need of surgery for a defective valve and a hole between the pumping chambers of her heart. Both she and the boy could undergo surgery within two weeks. They are coming here under the open heart project of the International Human Assistance Program^ Inc. in Seoul, which lias sent nearly 400 Korean children to the United States for heart surgery ovelr the past nine years. The American-Korean group has more than 700 Korean children on its waiting list. The medical center, in response to an appeal to American pediatric cardiologists, has agreed to accept 12 children a year (two cardiovascular surgeon, will perform the operations. LSU Hospital is one of at least eight American hospitals involved in the Korean children heart program. Others are in Seat-tle, Wash., Loma Linda, Calif., Brownsmill, N.J., Boston, Mass., Salt Lake City, Utah, Irvine, Calif., and Minneapolis, Minn. Minneapolis' Metropolitan Medical Cen-ter was first to accept the children for free surgery, but LSUMC is committed to accep-ting the most per year. The group coming in 1982 is the first wave, according to a spokes-man. Influenced by Baucum and Dr. A.A. Little, chief of the pediatrics department, the med-ical center became involved last June, thereby responding to a plea from the cardiology section, American Academy of Pediatrics, that American hospitals accept one or two children a year to relieve the backlog. Dr. Herbert Ruttenberg of Prima-ry Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City asked pediatric cardiologists to ask their hospitals to help meet the need. Little and Baucum are pediatric cardiologists. Arrangements for transportation of the children and for foster homes where they stay during the post-operative phase are handled by the International Human As-sistance Programs Inc. This organization, through its children's heart project coordi-nator, also arranges for diagnostic data and or three at a time) for free care. Baucum, a cardiologist, will do the cardiac cather-terizations, and Dr. William Y. Tucker, a sends full authorization for surgery along with the candidates for surgery. LSUMC already has received the X-rays and elec-trocardiograms for the eight children it will receive in the coming year. In this group, in addition to the two arriving Saturday, are three females and three males ranging in age from 8 to 20 years. After getting their hearts fixed, they will return to Korea.
|Title||Koreans to Have Surgery Here|
Cardiology Section (Louisiana State University Medical Center - Shreveport)
Baucum, Ralph W.
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