The Pediatric Surgery Foundation was founded by Prof. Dr. med. med. Martin Lacher and Dr. med. Birgit Lacher. Prof. Dr. Lacher being a specialist in pediatric surgery and general surgery is head of the Department of Pediatric Surgery of the University Hospital Leipzig.
Dr. med. Birgit Lacher worked at the Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology at the University Hospital Bochum for many years and now runs her own practice. The two siblings share their motivation to help children in developing and emerging countries with malformations - a motivation from which they founded the Pediatric Surgery Foundation.
The official purpose of the Pediatric Surgery Foundation is to support science, research, treatment, parental psychological follow-up, events and publications for information, as well as meetings, seminars and the acquisition of necessary medical equipment in the field of pediatric surgery and pediatrics. A broad field - and currently our focus is supporting those physicians who fly to medically underdeveloped countries and operate on children with malformations. The focus on real and practical necessity as well as the possibility for you to support the doctors directly, therefore come first.
Even if it were possible to treat children with malformations in less developed countries - most parents could not afford the complicated surgical procedures. For example, a household in Ethiopia has on average 200 euros per year - a single, complicated intervention on their child would cost 50 times as much. Therefore, international initiatives are sending pediatric surgeons, anesthetists and pediatricians to medically underdeveloped countries worldwide. There, the specialists enable families who have been waiting for years for treatment to receive free operations on the inner organs of the children in order to secure a future worth living for.
The doctors work completely on a voluntary basis and do not demand a treatment fee for their urgently needed help financing transport and accommodation themselves. This is where we want to support Pediatric Surgery Foundation with your help. Your donations are entirely used to finance the arrival and accommodation of doctors.
Short-term help such as those on-site operations are useful, necessary and immensely helpful. However, it makes at least as much sense to enable the attending physicians on site to perform some interventions themselves in the future. Therefore, the specialists specifically instruct the clinic staff in workshops, explain diseases, symptoms, surgical options and procedures of a treatment.
The Pediatric Surgery Foundation also cooperates with international organizations such as CTOverseas or the Hammer Forum Germany to carry out complicated operations. The organizations have been working in this sector for years and can rely on a good infrastructure.
- Hirschsprung's disease: A congenital malformation of the rectum.
- Hypertrophic pyloric stenosis: Narrowing of the stomach outlet at the point where the food from the stomach enters the intestine.
- Anorecal Malformation (imperforate anus): Malformation of the rectum, which lacks the anus as an outlet. Instead, there can be an exit to the bladder, urethra or vagina.
- Congenital diaphragmatic hernia: Congenital opening in the diaphragm which allows the intestines to enter the thoracic cavity.
- Choledochal cyst: Cystlike enlargement of the biliary tract.
- Scarring after severe burns: Treatment of strictures of the skin after damage caused by burning. After a plastic surgery, the child can stretch his arm again.
- Esophageal atresia: Congenital malformation in which the upper part of the esophagus ends and the lower part originates from the trachea.
THE INITIATORS OF THE PEDIATRIC SURGERY FOUNDATION
Medical Director of the Clinic and Polyclinic for Pediatric Surgery of the University Hospital Leipzig.