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The Cardio-Thoracic Centre
Since it first opened in 1987, the Monaco Cardio-Thoracic Center has regularly been approached since it first opened in 1987 by Monegasque or French charity organisations referring patients from needy nations or in crisis, for the medical treatment of often complex congenital heart disease.
The Centre provides them with cardiological and surgical expertise as well as technical facilities, rare or inexistent in many countries. Patients benefit from the most recent techniques, the least aggressive possible, with over the last few years the development of interventional catheterisation procedures making it possible, whenever the pathology so allows, to close any abnormal communication or open any narrowed valves without surgery, in addition to conventional surgery of congenital malformations.
Since Monaco Collectif Humanitaire was first established in 2008, the Centre has cared for over 220 children.
Cardiological diagnosis, surgical procedures and paediatric intensive care are provided by the Centre’s permanent staff: Prof Gilles Dreyfus, Dr François Bourlon and Dr Armand Eker. The surgical treatment of the most complex cases is entrusted to internationally renowned cardio-paediatric surgeons: Prof J. Quaegebeur (New York) Dr R. Prêtre (Lausanne), Pr O. Raisky (Paris) and Dr O. Ghez (London).
The Princess Grace Hospital (CHPG)
The CHPG has a long history of taking part in humanitarian cooperation efforts. Its involvement in the humanitarian sector takes concrete shape through two main types of action:
- humanitarian missions being conducted in the various beneficiary countries of Monaco’s official development assistance;
- work-experience schemes for trainees within the various departments of the CHPG.
Since Monaco Collectif Humanitaire was created in 2008, the CHPG has welcomed ten or so children within its facilities. Between 2008 and 2014 the departments of cardiology, paediatrics, orthopaedic surgery, urological surgery, anaesthesia, physical medicine and rehabilitation were involved.
The medical teams are always extremely enthusiastic and willing to take part in Monaco Collectif Humanitaire. Moreover, it is often the doctors themselves who directly propose offering care to certain children within the CHPG, via their professional network.
The Monegasque Institute of Sports Medicine and Surgery (IM2S)
IM2S is dedicated to the medical and surgical care of articular, bone and ligament disease. For several years, under the aegis of the Monegasque Red Cross, IM2S has been carrying out humanitarian missions twice a year in order to offer surgical treatment. This includes, among other things, total hip replacements in patients suffering from osteonecrosis of the hip as a consequence of sickle cell disease. During these missions, children are identified for Monaco Collectif Humanitaire.
For example, last year the institute welcomed a young patient in order to correct a clubfoot.
Doctors Philippe Repiquet, Edouard Chau and Philppe Ballerio are fully involved in the organisation of this action.