In 2014, SpineHope launched the U.S. Hub Program which is focused on finding ways to bring children, suffering from severe spinal deformities and other complex spine conditions, to Austin, Texas for spine surgery and treatment. The primary goal of this program is to provide medically necessary spine surgery to children who are not within our current global outreach sites and who otherwise would not be able to receive corrective surgery, due to the cost of the procedure or lack of medical facilities/qualified surgeons in their native countries. This program is possible due to the partnership we have with Dell Children’s Medical Center (a member of Ascension), and the volunteer services we receive from other generous volunteers and healthcare service organizations, including:
- Alliance Spine
- ARA Diagnostic Imaging
- Austin Children’s Chest Association
- Azarmehr Law Group (ALG Immigration Law Firm)
- Bee Caves Pediatrics
- Capital Anesthesiology Association (CAA)
- Children’s Cardiology Associates
- Medtronic Spine USA
- Mercy Medical Angels (American Airlines Miles for Kids Program)
- NuVasive Spine Foundation/NuVasive, Inc.
- Pediatric Critical Care Associates
- Pediatric Specialty Services
- Ronald McDonald House Charities
- Seton Children’s Ear Nose & Throat Center
- Seton UT/Southwestern University Physicians Group
- ‘Specially for Children, Children’s Hospital Subspecialists of Central Texas
U.S. Hub Program Children Sponsors
The Caribbean Children Foundation (TCCF) – Sponsored Rahsaan Abel from the Republic of Guyana
SentryNeuro – Sponsored Estefany Santos Rosales from Guatemala
Bringing children to the United States for surgery is a challenge and requires considerable funding even over and above all the volunteer medical staff and donated equipment and facilities. The child selected and one parent/guardian are required to arrive in Austin a week prior to surgery for a number of doctor appointments, X-rays, MRIs and other pre-operation clearance appointments. Once the surgery is performed, they are required to remain in Austin for 4-6 weeks for physical therapy, to monitor his/her recovery and to ensure there are no complications. To help the family, SpineHope is financially responsible for all non-donated medical expenses, travel, lodging, transportation, Visa applications, food, etc. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, we rely heavily on the donations we receive from generous corporations and individuals who believe in our mission and want to help us transform children’s lives. If you are interested in reading more about our future U.S. Hub Program children and want the chance to help sponsor them, please Email us. Or to make a general donation to SpineHope, Click Here.
If you or someone you know would like to be considered for our US Hub Program, please complete the following forms and Email them to email@example.com.
2017 U.S. Hub Patients
Rahsaan Abel, Guyana
Rahsaan came to us as a 16 year old native of the Republic of Guyana, suffering from severe kyphoscoliosis. As a resident of one of the poorest countries in South America with no qualified surgeons to perform his complex spine corrective surgery, Rahsaan’s options were very limited. Surgery Date: September 28, 2017. Rahsaan’s sponsor is The Caribbean Children Foundation (TCCF) and we are grateful for their support and partnership. Rahsaan’s Story.
Jostin Torrentes Oviedo, Costa Rica
At 11 years old, Jostin suffered from severe kyphoscoliosis. He successfully received charity spine surgery on May 15, 2017, performed by Dr. Ryan Murdock of Central Texas Pediatric Orthopedics, at Dell Children’s Medical Center. Readmore about Jostin’s Story and the medical journey he has been on since he was 7 years old. His Story.
2016 U.S. Hub Patients
Estefany Santos Rosales, Guatemala
At 16 years old, Estefany suffered from an uncommon spinal deformity, severe congenital kyphoscoliosis. She received her much needed, complicated spine surgery on October 11, 2016. The surgery was performed by Dr. Matthew Geck, with the assistance of Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Dr. Luke Tomycz, at Dell Children’s Medical Center. Estefany’s sponsor: SentryNeuro. Her Story.
At 15 years old, Suharshi was selected to receive spinal deformity corrective surgery to treat her severe scoliosis. The operation was successfully performed on March 31, 2016 at Dell Children’s Medical Center, a member of Ascension, by volunteer surgeon and SpineHope Board Chairman Dr. Matthew Geck of the Seton Spine and Scoliosis Center. To read her story Click Here.
2014 U.S. Hub Patient
Arleth Lopez Martinez, Guatelmala
We are pleased to announce that our first Hub patient was a huge success! 14 year-old Arleth and her mother traveled all the way from Guatemala to get her the surgical care she always needed. Born with Congenital Scoliosis,Arleth’s deformity has been the cause of much worry, discomfort and a diminished quality of life. Local doctors have been unable to treat her progressive case, but it is through SpineHope’s US Hub Program that Alreth was able to receive the appropriate care. To read Arleth’s full story click here!