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We are raising money this hour for two Surgical Chest Retractors that will help surgeons perform chest wall reconstructive surgery more easily. This technology costs $8,000 each. We need 75 Miracle Makers to buy two.
- 1 in 400 people are born with a variation in their chest shape.
- For a child with a chest pushing outward, commonly known as a pigeon chest, a corrective brace worn externally is used on the child, from six months old to a year, to put pressure on the chest and gradually flatten it. Intervention at the right time, while the child is still growing, is key.
- Those who are born with a pectus excavatum — chests caving inwards can have problems with body image. Kids don’t want to go to the beach, they become withdrawn, they stop being kids. In some extreme cases, the condition can also put pressure on the heart and lungs.
- For those born with the inward formed chests, an internal brace is required. It is placed inside the chest wall with a surgery.
- During this operation, surgeons make an incision on either side of the chest and create a tunnel from one side to the other between the heart and sternum. Then using the donor-funded HD surgical cameras as their second pair of eyes, they guide a stainless steel bar, measuring 1 inch wide by 12-14 inch long through the tunnel. The bar has been bent to take on the shape that is needed and is anchored against the chest wall. The placed within the chest wall that works to expand the chest outward. All of this work takes place very close to the patient’s heart.
- The Retractor would allow surgeons the ability to lift up the chest to create more space away from the heart so they can thread the bar through more easily and safely.