Retired businessman Frank Brady's charity Medical Missions for Children brings together American specialists with doctors in developing countries via teleconferencing to better treat children with rare illnesses. The NewsHour reports on the organization's work.
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FRED DE SAM LAZARO, NewsHour Correspondent:
Many leading American hospitals treat rich patients from overseas, but the overseas patients doctors see at St. Joseph's in Paterson, New Jersey, are not rich. And they are, in fact, overseas.
On this day, Dr. Michael Lamacchia and colleagues were looking by video hookup at a 6-year-old boy in Yerevan, capital of the former Soviet republic of Armenia. Doctors there were worried about Ardan's chronic chest infections and his slowed growth.
DR. MICHAEL LAMACCHIA, Pediatrician:
How does he plot out on our growth curve?
VIDEO CONFERENCE DOCTOR:
His weight and height is below the third percentage.
DR. MICHAEL LAMACCHIA:
Well, that number certainly would place him in the category of someone that you what have to evaluate for immune disorders, so I think you're right on the right track with that.
FRED DE SAM LAZARO:
The inspiration and financial backer for these video clinics often sits in. Frank Brady is not a doctor, but a kind of telemedicine midwife, through a charity he founded called Medical Missions for Children.
FRANK BRADY, Medical Missions for Children: With the telemedicine today, we're able to help children in over 100 countries, and we've actually donated equipment to hospitals, multiple hospitals in those countries.