Rotary Gift of Life raises $48,872 for medical mission

GREENFIELD — As Greenfield’s Rotarians were tallying up the funds raised by last month’s  15th annual Gift of Life Dinner and silent auction, four children in Amman, Jordan, received life-saving cardiac surgeries as a result of the program.

Greenfield physician Stephanie Kinnaman once again made the flight to Amman on a whirlwind tour that took her to six countries in eight days to perform surgeries, forge new relationships and discuss strategies for the future.

After “taking four children off the waiting list” in Amman, Kinnaman and Dr. Mark Turrentine’s heart team from Riley Children’s Hospital flew to the emirate of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to discuss bringing pediatric heart services to that part of the world, Kinnaman said.

Despite its wealth and progressiveness, Kinnaman said, the UAE does not have readily available pediatric cardiovascular surgery services available and sends its patients to other parts of the world for treatment.

However, a new children’s hospital has been built in Dubai, and Kinnaman said the future potential there is “incredible.”

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