Why Chil­dren’s?

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The Esophageal Atre­sia Treat­ment Pro­gram at Bos­ton Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, led by Dr. Rus­sell Jen­nings, is the only one in the world of­fer­ing a spe­cial treat­ment to re­con­nect stom­ach and esoph­a­gus tis­sue called the Foker Process. Dr. John Foker, a sur­geon from the Univer­sity of Min­nesota de­vel­oped the process, by which tis­sue is stim­u­lated to grow into a healthy, prop­erly at­tached or­gan. Foker col­lab­o­rated with Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal to found the pro­gram.

While ef­fec­tive, the Foker Process is not prac­ticed world­wide be­cause it is too chal­leng­ing a feat for most hos­pi­tals, Jen­nings said. Not so for Chil­dren’s, he said.

“These are the most chal­leng­ing cases faced by pe­di­atric sur­geons, no ques­tion,” Jen­nings said in a 2011 YouTube video. “We are ar­guably the best chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal in the world. We have ev­ery­thing. If we don’t do this, this tech­nique dies. And that means all these kids from around the world will not get treated, or will not get treated with the best care pos­si­ble.”

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