21 Pacemakers & Defibrillators implanted in SudanFebruary 10, 2015 // No Comments
Between the 22nd of January and 31st of January 2015, Pace4Life implanted 21 Pacemakers & Defibrillators in Sudan, Africa
By Balasundaram Lavan, Founder of Pace4Life
Dr Zaheer Yousef a Consultant Cardiologist of University Hospital Wales, acted on behalf of Pace4Life and partners the University of Michigan on a recent mission to Sudan, Africa.
During Dr Yousef’s visit he presented at a PASCAR (Pan African Society of Cardiology) conference and promoted the Reuse of Pacemakers. In addition he also held three days of implantations where he personally oversaw/implanted 21 devices (pacemakers and defibrillators). These were Term Expired Devices, devices that had passed their sell by date, but were unopened, unused and fully packaged and sterile. Having obtained a letter of authority from the Ministry of Health for the importation of these devices and their implantation, Pace4Life and partners set about planning this mission in mid-2014.
And finally in January 2015 months of hard work finally paid off thanks, largely to Dr Yousef who donated his time and expertise to making this mission a reality and paving the way for future missions in the wider Africa using reused pacemakers.
Why Term Expired Devices?
Over 2014 Pace4Life expanded operations to include both Brand New and Term Expired devices amongst our inventory. Both these types of devices were and continue to be offered to Pace4Life in small quantities, from Medical Companies, Hospitals and Medical Professionals. This was an opportunity we couldn’t refuse as this was an opportunity to provide vital aid to those less fortunate whilst we continue our mission to reuse pacemakers which is due to kickoff in 2015.
Your ongoing support is vital
Your support to date has made this mission reality. The ongoing donation of pacemakers has helped create a stockpile of pacemakers for potential reuse whilst the damaged/expired pacemakers continue to be recycled for the precious metals (up to £1 per unit), which provide vital funds to Pace4Life for the future. Pace4Life looks forward to a prosperous 2015 and your ongoing support.