WPP wraps up its first dual team for 2023 in SVG
From left: Dr. Anthony Nye – paediatric plastic and craniofacial resident; Molly Jones – O.R nurse; Dr. Jay Shapiro – paediatric anaesthesiologist; JoAnn Tillett – circulator/recovery room Nurse; Dr. Gary Tye – paediatric neurosurgeon (Lead surgeon); Dr. Ket Verma – paediatric neurosurgery resident; Amy Luke – paediatric anaesthesiology resident; Dr. Jennifer Rhodes – paediatric plastic and craniofacial surgeon (lead surgeon) and Dr. Jasmine Ellis – local paediatric general surgeon.
June 30, 2023
WPP wraps up its first dual team for 2023 in SVG

World Paediatric Project (WPP) has closed out their 2022-2023 fiscal year by hosting a dual mission in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), between June 17– 23.

From Left: Dr. Anthony Nye – Paediatric Plastic and Craniofacial Resident; St. Lucian Family; Dr. Jennifer Rhodes – Paediatric Plastic and Craniofacial

The two mission teams were the WPP Neurosurgery and WPP Craniofacial teams which held clinic on Sunday, June 18 at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, a WPP release states.

Both teams then conducted surgeries throughout the week on children from SVG and from Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, and Antigua. For Neurosurgery, a total of 35 children were assessed and three successful surgeries were completed. The craniofacial team assessed a total of 32 children and completed nine successful surgeries.

The neurosurgery team was led by paediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. Gary Tye and the craniofacial team was led by paediatric plastic and craniofacial surgeon, Dr. Jennifer Rhodes. Paediatric Anaesthesiologist, Dr. Jay Shapiro; O.R nurse, Molly Jones; recovery room nurse, 2JoAnn Tillett; paediatric anaesthesiology resident, Dr. Amy Luke; paediatric neurosurgery resident, Dr. Ket Verma; and paediatric plastic and craniofacial resident, Dr. Anthony Nye made up the rest of the teams. Local paediatric surgeon, Dr. Jasmine Ellis, and a few local O.R nurses worked alongside the WPP teams during the week.

While on the ground, two urgent and critically life-threatening adult neurosurgery cases caught the attention of Dr. Tye and his team and presented the opportunity to make a significant impact in their lives despite not being paediatric cases, the release notes. Both surgeries were successful, and one patient went from not being able to speak or have full mobility to recovering those functions.

The WPP team, partners, and the families, have extended special thanks to the Mustique Charitable Foundation for sponsoring the neurosurgery mission trip; and the Maria Holder Memorial Trust for sponsoring the craniofacial mission trip.