Holiday 2018 Newsletter
Holiday Message from Dr. Salyer
The holidays are an always enjoyable time for celebrating with family and friends. And what a wonderful time of year this is as well for reflecting on how each of us can make a difference in the lives of people far and wide whom perhaps we have never met. We know we make our lives meaningful when we help others. Helping children in need does something special for each of us, too, and please join me in giving as generously as you possibly can to the WorldCF this holiday season.
In this Holiday 2018 issue of Transforming Lives, we focus on Colombia, the native country of an infant named Joaquin whom the foundation has recently helped with life-renewing surgery. Colombia, too, is home to our newest WorldCF craniofacial center at the Hospital Infantil Universitario de San José in Bogotá. It's a remarkable center that I had the privilege to visit in August and a center that, with the help of the WorldCF, will treat hundreds, even thousands of children with severe craniofacial issues in the years and decades to come. It's a center led by our good friend Dr. Rolando Prada, who is the foundation's newest medical director, as you will read in this issue.
The work of our foundation is focused on helping children with the most complex congenital malformations of the head, brain, and face. Corrective surgery requires dedicated teams experienced in the extraordinary advancements in technical skills that are required to produce safe outcomes. These abnormalities occur in one in five hundred births in the U.S. as well as rest of the world, and we continue to offer the best care possible to our own children in the U.S. as well as our international patients.
I'm both humbled and proud to report that the WorldCF, which I founded, turns thirty years old in 2019. You'll read below that we have several celebrations in store—and your ongoing financial gifts are a celebration themselves of all that we aspire to and accomplish.
During this holiday season, please remember all the inspiring children around the world who depend on you for the gift of a normal face!
Thank you so much in advance for giving as much as you possibly can to make these children's dreams become realities! Thank you, and may God bless you and your families this season.
Joaquin, Before His October Surgery in Bogotá
Joaquin, from Colombia
Little Joaquin Has Successful Surgery in Bogotá
At the WorldCF, we regularly tackle huge surgical challenges. The surgeries our patients undergo are highly complex and we never take a good outcome for granted, even though excellent outcomes are what we strive for in every case. When all aspects of a child's treatment go as planned and his or her life is saved or transformed, it's always a cause for celebration. A perfect example is the case of Joaquin, from the small city of Armenia in western Colombia. Still an infant, Joaquin was born with Crouzon's syndrome, caused by the premature fusion of sutures in the skull that prevent it from growing normally and affecting the shape of the head and face. Joaquin also suffered from trigonocephaly, the premature fusion of the metopic suture leading to a triangular shaped forehead.
Joaquin had shunts implanted at home in Armenia in April, then he traveled to Bogotá in August for a consultation with Dr. Salyer, WorldCF medical administrator Dr. Diego Steinberg, and Dr. Rolando Prada, head of reconstructive plastic surgery at the Hospital Infantil Universitario de San José—one that led to a highly complex, yet very successful, surgery in October in which Dr. Prada placed distractor units on both sides of Joaquin's skull that will, over time, advance his face forward. A future surgery will reshape his forehead and ultimately give him a normal face and head.
Drs. Salyer, Steinberg, and Prada—all part of the WorldCF international team—are highly skilled at procedures that once would have been unimaginable. Your wonderful financial support helps the foundation ensure excellence on the part of all the surgeons around the world with whom we work and makes it possible for kids like Joaquin to grow up normally and lead productive lives.
Sometimes it seems like magic, but in reality children like Joaquin are transformed by skill, experience, and dedication to excellence on the part of their surgeons and medical caregivers. And you make it all possible! Please give and thank you so very much.
Joaquin, Celebrating His Successful Surgery with His Mother and Dr. Rolando Prada, Which Included Placement of Distractor Units That Will Move His Face Forward
Our Newest International Center, at the University Children's Hospital of San José in Bogotá
New WorldCF Center in Bogotá, Colombia Is Poised to Serve Many Patients
Our newest international craniofacial center formally joined WorldCF centers in Taiwan, the Philippines, Canada, China, and India in August. In the United States, we work closely with centers in Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, and Texas as well. And we look forward to announcing new U.S. and international centers in 2019 as we continue to carefully expand our global reach and redouble our determination to treat as many children with severe craniofacial anomalies worldwide as we possibly can.
The WorldCF center at the Hospital Infantil Universitario de San José in Bogotá is a center of excellence in every regard, and is directed by Dr. Rolando Prada, who was trained in Mexico City by the late Dr. Fernando Ortiz Monasterio, a former WorldCF board member and someone recognized for decades as one of the very finest craniofacial surgeons in the world.
If you speak Spanish, be sure to visit YouTube at https://goo.gl/TfoMYW, where you can see and hear Dr. Prada himself describe the work he and his staff do at the University Children's Hospital of San José. At the WorldCF, we are delighted that Dr. Prada and this new center will help us provide lifesaving and life-transforming care to children throughout South and Central America. These associations and collaborations with centers of excellence around the world are what allow us to keep "our kids" from living lives in darkened rooms-or worse-and your extraordinary financial support is what makes this vital work possible!
Dr. Rolando Prada is the WorldCF's Newest Medical Director
We are delighted to announce that Bolivian native Dr. Rolando Prada is the WorldCF's newest medical director. He graduated from the School of Medicine at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico, then specialized in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Hospital General Dr. Manuel Gea González in Mexico City, studying under the late, world-renowned reconstructive surgeon Dr. Fernando Ortiz Monasterio, a former WorldCF board member and center director.
Dr. Prada is on staff at the Santa Fe Foundation University Hospital in Bogotá, the University Children's Hospital of San José, and at the Rehabilitation Center for Children with Cleft Lip and Palate. He is the director of the newly established WorldCF craniofacial center at the University Children's Hospital of San José and is a member of the Colombian Society of Plastic Surgery, the Ibero-Latin American Federation of Plastic Surgery, and the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery. He has written books on general craniofacial surgery and surgery of the nose, and has contributed chapters to numerous other books, in addition to publishing many articles in national and international journals of plastic surgery. We are honored that Dr. Prada is now part of our team!
Angelica at Seven Days, Eight Years, Eleven Years (on the images, Michelle as you did with Joaquin)
Angelica in High School
WorldCF Celebrates Its Thirtieth Anniversary in 2019
In 1989, Dallas-based Dr. Kenneth Salyer-already one of the most highly acclaimed craniofacial surgeons in the world-established the World Craniofacial Foundation, dedicated to treating children with severe craniofacial challenges, no matter where they lived or their ability to pay.
The foundation turns thirty years old in 2019, and we invite you to help us celebrate our longevity and our accomplishments-none of which would have been possible without the steadfast financial support of donors like you. We are proud that we have been able to treat thousands of children in the United States and around the world during our three decades, and we look to a future that is very bright.
One of the thousands of patients over the decades of whom we are truly proud is Angelica, who was born in Texas with her cranial sutures closed, as was little Joaquin from Colombia. Just as occurred with Joaquin's treatment, Dr. Salyer expanded the back of her head in a first surgery, followed later by surgery that moved her cranial vault forward. The surgeries quite literally saved Angelica's life and allowed her to make the very most of it. Today she is a young mother who plans to go into nursing, so she can help others as well. "My goal in creating the foundation and for its future are one and the same," comments Dr. Salyer today. "It's that all children everywhere with craniofacial deformities receive excellent care. Sadly, half of the children of the world continue to be left without treatment and are in desperate need. Please help us give them the lives they deserve!"
During the coming year, we will host anniversary celebrations that feature current and former patients like Angelica, fund-raising events in Dallas, Texas, Telluride, Colorado, and San Francisco, California, as well as additional events and activities that we will share with you as the year unfolds. And, of course, our thirtieth anniversary is the perfect time for you to dig deep and give us all the financial support you possibly can, so we can continue this profoundly important work for three decades more-or until a time when there is no longer a need. Thank you!