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The Gift of Life Restores Health To Ecuadorian Children

TAMPA, Fla. – (June 19, 2015) – Thanks to the generosity of tissue donors and the LifeLink Tissue Bank, three children in Ecuador have restored mobility. In philanthropic partnership with Bayside Medical Missions, LifeLink Tissue Bank donated allograft chips that went to use in three different pediatric spinal surgeries at Ecuador’s Providence Hospital. Dr. James West, of Alabama-based The Orthopadic Group, P.C., was the lead orthopedic spine surgeon in all three procedures, which proved successful.

Bayside Medical Missions is a 501©3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing orthopaedic care in under developed countries. Founded in 1999, Bayside Medical Missions primary work is in Ecuador providing volunteer opportunities for healthcare professionals to offer medical care to those who would otherwise not be able to receive it.

LifeLink Tissue Bank is a 501(c)3 established in 1985 to support LifeLink Foundation’s efforts in organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Over the last thirty years, the tissue bank has emerged as the largest not-for-profit tissue bank in the Southeast and one of the largest in the United States. LifeLink Tissue Bank is responsible for the safe placement of hundreds of thousands of allografts into patients both domestically and internationally.