18. UKRAINE’S FIRST LADY MEETS U.S. HEART SURGEONS

Press office of President Victor Yushchenko of Ukraine Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, 16 December 2005

KYIV – Kateryna Yushchenko, Head of the Supervisory Council of the Ukraine 3000 Foundation, met with famous Ukrainian and American heart surgeons to introduce two large Texas hospitals to their Ukrainian partners, the Rivne Children’s Hospital and the Volyn Medical Children’s Association.

Professor Vasyl Lazoryshynets, Doctor Nadiya Rudenko, Professor Anatoly Rudenko, Director of the Medical Relief Fund Oleksandr Etnis, Hospital to Hospital Coordinator Vira Pavlyuk, Doctor John Wood, and heart surgeon Charles Reuter attended the meeting.

They discussed the current state of cardiology facilities at the Rivne Hospital and ways to launch a program to develop cardiosurgical and neonatal aid in the Rivne region. In Ukraine, almost 70% of handicapped children suffer from heart and blood vessel disease. It is vital to render high-quality aid to such patients, so we should build a modern cardiology center to timely diagnose congenital heart disease.

John Wood informed those present that on December 21, 9:30 AM, American heart surgeon Charles Reuter would conduct a presentation of the so-called Maze Procedure for his Ukrainian colleagues. It will take place at the Amosov Institute. -30-

FOOTNOTE: The trip to Ukraine by U.S. heart surgeons and the participation of two hospitals in Texas was organized by John Wood, Waco, Texas. Two of the organizations John organized to assist in a wide range of international medical development programs are participating in the Hospital to Hospital program in Ukraine. They are John Wood Ministries, Inc. and The International Medical Education Foundation, Inc. We are pleased to know John personally and about his outstanding work in Ukraine and other countries . EDITOR

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