With an emphasis on diagnosing, assisting, and treating children with disabilities from rural communities, St. Damian’s House collaborates with a number of other hospitals and care institutions to improve the opportunities of families affected by disability. St. Damian’s House specializes in helping three disability types which are prevalent in this area:
- Cleft Lip/Palate (an opening in the upper lip, nose, and/or roof of the mouth resulting in feeding problems, speech/hearing problems, and frequent ear infections).
- Spinal Bifida (a birth defect caused by incomplete closing of the spinal chord which can also affect a patients ability to walk)
- Urogenital fistulas (a unhealthy connection between two bodily spaces, usually affecting children’s ability to urinate)
The conditions are diagnosed in-house, and it is decided on a case by case basis whether or not they are treatable with surgery. St. Damians then collaborates with three separate organizations:
- Korea Hospital – St. Damian’s pay for the child’s examination costs (X-rays, lab work, etc.), food for the child and parent/guardian and transportation costs. Once the child is in the operating room, Korea Hospital takes over the costs.
- Cure Hospital – St. Damian’s pay for child and parent/guardian’s transportation costs, the rest is covered.
- Alemachin House – takes over the care needs for children with disabilities, whilst they are being treated at these hospitals. After surgery, St. Damian’s pays for transportation costs back.