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Partnership helps Shriners Hospital doctors give care to kids in Caribbean, Central America

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The World Pediatric Project links children from Central America and the Carribean with doctors from Shriners Hospital (Credit: Kate Corbett) The World Pediatric Project links children from Central America and the Carribean with doctors from Shriners Hospital (Credit: Kate Corbett)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Kate Corbett was a stay-at-home mom for 11 years, but that changed after she experienced two life-changing events.

“One was traveling to Haiti and seeing the great need of kids with conditions that could be treated, but there just weren’t resources available,” she said. “And then, coupled with a little later in life my own son got very sick.”

With good surgeons and medical care from Shriners Hospital, Corbett’s son recovered.

“It became a passion of mine, to share that with other parents because where you live should’t determine if you live,” she said.  

Kate then started an organization called the ‘World Pediatric Project,’ which provides quality, critical care for kids in the Caribbean and Central America. A team of doctors and surgeons fly to places like St. Vincent Island to treat patients.

“I spent a week there, saw about 100 patients in clinic, did about 17 surgeries on the kids that we could do there. We also identified kids that needed more intensive surgeries that needed longer recovery and so those we brought most of those kids up here to the Shriners Hospital to take care of them here during the duration of their treatment,” said Dr. Mark Miller, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at the hospital.

Corbett refers to the partnership between the World Pediatric Project and Shriners Hospital as “magical.”

“There’s not a lot of people who will take on these complex cases,” she said. “Shriners will, and we will, so it’s a perfect partnership.”

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