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HERO is able to maintain the independence that allows us to provide urgent medical care to hundreds of people in the Caribbean each year.

On behalf of the HERO's directors and volunteers, more importantly, the people whom we assist, we would like to extend our deepest gratitude to you for your belief in our humanitarian work and your ongoing support in making it a reality.

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About  Us

How HERO Got Started -- By Dr. Wayne Sampson, MD.

Projects in Guyana

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aving just graduated from medical school I was overcome by a sense of relief and much gratitude. I had achieved a major milestone in my life and the entire experience humbled me. I felt very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to pursue my dream.

While at Howard University, I met a Guyanese-born Obstetrician, Dr. Owen Goddette, who was actively involved in various volunteer medical projects in Guyana. I also heard a lot about the work that another Brooklyn-based Guyanese surgeon, Dr. Steve Carryl, was doing in Guyana. I was inspired by the work of these physicians and wanted to do similar work in Guyana.

Just days after graduating from medical school in 1993, I convinced my fellow Guyanese classmate Collie Oudkerk to return to Guyana for a vacation. While in Guyana, out of pure altruism, we each decided to volunteer our services at local hospitals in Guyana. We were warmly received by the local physicians and developed a deep appreciation for the work they did (with very little material resources). We witnessed first-hand the general lack of basic health care afforded to the populace.

We returned to the US to complete medical residencies in our respective specialties. In 1999, I returned to Guyana and met with the Regional Chairman and the Regional Health Officer for region 10 to discuss my interest in becoming involved in providing sustained medical and educational outreach to the community. They were very receptive to the idea and the following year, the not-for-profit organization, Health and Educational Relief Organization, Inc., was formed.

Health and Educational Relief Organization, Incorporated (HERO, Inc.) was established in January, 2000. HERO is a democratic, non profit, 501 C-3 organization comprised of a governing Board of Directors and volunteers. Since the inception of HERO, our common goal and purpose has been to aid institutions delivering health care in Guyana, South America.

Our first medical relief trip to Guyana was made later that year in December 2000. The team consisted of - Drs. Collie Oudkerk, David Keen and Wayne Sampson, and pre-med student, Bayo Cary. We haven't looked back since!!


Children with deformity receive treatment from health relief team

Georgetown GINA, December 15, 2006

A team of pediatric orthopedic surgeons from the United States and the Caribbean recently completed their tour of duty in Guyana after providing treatment to children affected by low extreme cases of deformity. Surgical interventions for 'club foot', a rare physical deformity caused mainly by prenatal abnormality were undertaken during recent outreach missions.

The program first started in Region Ten six years ago after a few children with 'club foot' were treated and it was felt that more children could be reached.

The Health and Educational Relief Organization team was subsequently formed and have provided several medical outreaches to remote areas.

Following outreaches to Region Six, several children were referred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) for treatment.

Vice President and Treasurer of the organization, Dr. Collie Oudkerk, noted that the GPHC is the best institution for this kind of service and the organization is working to expand this to other health centers and hospitals. He noted also that new surgical interventions will be expanded to include surgeries for spinal and hand surgeries.

Director of Medical and Professional Services at the GPHC, Dr. Madan Rambarran, said that the program will develop pediatric care in the local health sector and will be a new feature of the Ministry of Health's post graduate program.

During the initial stages, the program was introduced to Regions Four and Ten and was intensified when Guyana was affected by the 2005 flood.

The team returned to Guyana on December 11 to continue the program and was successful in treating more than 20 children with the deformity. The team was supported by staff from the GPHC.

Chief of Orthopedics, Dr. Claude Scott, noted that numerous 'club foot' cases are found in the Caribbean and New York.

On December 18, more teams will be Guyana to continue the program.

HERO is able to maintain the independence that allows us to provide urgent medical care to hundreds of people in the Caribbean each year.

On behalf of the HERO's directors and volunteers, more importantly, the people whom we assist, we would like to extend our deepest gratitude to you for your belief in our humanitarian work and your ongoing support in making it a reality.

-President
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