"We will now see even better outcomes for children needing brain surgery because the machine lowers the risk of complications” Dr Chaseling
George Naim Khattar Foundation’s donation to help fight brain tumours in children
(Translation of this article appears in Arabic section)
Joe Khattar, President of the Australian Lebanese Chamber of Commerce, Carol Khattar, President of The GNK Foundation, members of the Foundation Board, heads and directors from the department of neurosurgery at the Children’s Hospital in Westmead, were joined by representatives of Arabic media in inspecting the surgical equipment bought with from funds donated by the GNK foundation.
Patients requiring brain surgery at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead will benefit from a new state-of-the-art neurosurgical system made possible thanks to The George Naim Khattar (GNK) Foundation.
The new surgical navigation system was made possible by a $198,000 donation from the foundation.
It can accurately define the margins of brain tumours, enabling neurosurgeons to remove whole tumours without harming viable brain tissue.
The hospital’s Head of Neurosurgery, Dr Raymond Chaseling, said the equipment had already made a significant difference.
“The GNK Foundation’s generous gift has given us the funds needed to upgrade this vital and highly sophisticated machine,” he said.
“This is a machine that we use every week and it is used to care for some of our most vulnerable patients.”
The Station S7 Surgical Navigation System gives neurosurgeons better information and visual access during brain surgery.
GN foundation president Carol Khatter said the donation was part of the foundation’s commitment to make a difference.
“The GNK Foundation is committed to continuing the good deeds of my late husband, George Naim Khattar, and I am very delighted that this gift has been able to enhance treatment for children needing brain surgery,” she said.
Children with brain tumours and other neurological conditions, including epilepsy and hydrocephalus, will benefit from the new system.
“We will now see even better outcomes for children needing brain surgery because the machine lowers the risk of complications. This means improved recovery times and less time spent in hospital,” Dr Chaseling explained.
Joe and Carol Khattar receiving certificate of thanks and
appreciation from Dr. Raymond Chaseling
Dr. Raymond Chaseling, explains about the new surgical
navigation system to detect "brain tumours"
Joe Khattar, Carol Khattar, Anwar Harb and a number of
Board members of the George Naim Khattar Foundation "GNK"
Joe Khattar and Carol Khattar, Anwar Harb and a number of
officials from the Children Hospital at Westmead