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At the forefront of the medical community’s efforts to prevent preterm birth, Bumrungrad International Hospital organized an academic seminar and meeting for international maternal-fetal medicine specialists. At the second International BH MFM Meeting 2014 these experts exchanged knowledge regarding new technologies in the field.

Topics covered at the event included Cervical Pessary for Preterm Prevention by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Boonsri Chanrachakul from Women’s Center; Progesterone for Treatment of Preterm Birth by Prof. Robert E. Garfield from St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Arizona, USA; Cervical Cerclage and Cervical Insufficiency: Obstetrical Issues by Prof. Keun-Young Lee from Hallym University Medical Center, South Korea; and Early Intervention to Prevent Later Disease by Assoc. Prof. Chong Yap Seng from National University Hospital, Singapore.

The 34th international training course for Full-Endoscopic Operations of the Lumbar, Thoracic and Cervical spine

Bumrungrad Spine Institute, led by director and neuro-surgeon Dr. Verapan Kuansongtham, along with 12 specialists from Bumrungrad International Hospital and Prof. Dr. Sebastian Ruetten, Director of the Surgical and Pain Therapy Center, St. Anna Hospital Germany, recently hosted a workshop for full-endoscopic operations of the lumbar, thoracic and cervical spine. Twenty-two international surgeons specializing in spine surgery attended to learn how to apply this technique in treating patients with calcified disc herniation and disc herniation from tearing.

Bumrungrad International hosts the Atrial Fibrillation (AF) and Brugada Syndrome Substrate Course Workshop

Dr. Koonlawee Nademanee, Director of Pacific Rim Electrophysiology Research Institute, Los Angeles, USA and a specialist in cardiac electrophysiology at Arrhythmia Center, Bumrungrad International Hospital (second from right), along with Dr. Num Tanthuwanit, Chief Executive Officer of Bumrungrad (third from right) and medical experts in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmia, recently hosted a live procedure and lecture on the Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib or AF) and Brugada Syndrome Substrate. Workshop participants comprised distinguished cardiologists and delegates from various world-class medical institutes.

Photo shows (from left) 1. Dr. Kriengkrai Jirasirirojanakorn 2. Dr. Chotikorn Khunnawat
3. Dr. Num Tanthuwanit
 4. Dr. Koonlawee Nademanee 5. Dr. Naoya Oketani
6. Dr. Japp Jan Smit (behind)

The opportunity of a lifetime for young Anna

Anna or Keetaphat Daabtham, a 4-year-old girl from Suphanburi, underwent a second heart surgery on 16 January 2015. Anna was diagnosed with congenital heart disease (green type with pressure in the lungs that causes cyanosis). She had her first surgery on 12 September 2012 when she was two years old. At present, Anna and her mother (the only members of their family) are back home. Anna’s mother, a laborer whose income is 200 baht per day, was grateful to the doctors, nurses and everyone else that took such good care of her daughter. She never dreamed that Anna would have the opportunity to receive such excellent medical care. Anna’s cheerful face lets her mother know that her health is improving.

The Bumrungrad Hospital Foundation began its collaboration with the Cardiac Children Foundation of Thailand under the Royal Patronage of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana since 2003, to help children suffering from critical congenital heart disease, despite their families financial status, and provide the treatment free of charge, as a part of its “Rak Jai Thai” campaign. We have now had more than 705 children receiving the surgeries. Anna is the third one of this year to undergo surgery. To help children suffering from cardiac diseases, you can make donations or support the Lahn Nam Jai Shop, Bumrungrad Hospital Foundation, Hospital Building, M Floor and BI Clinic Building, G Floor, open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.

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