SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL) – A local foundation has pledged a big chunk of the money needed to help the Shriners hospital in Shreveport get a x-ray machine to help them treat kids more effectively, but they’re counting on a fundraising drive to come up with the rest.
The David and Teresa Disiere Foundation is pledging $50,000 to help Shriners Hospital for Children – Shreveport purchase a new General Electric C-Arm X-ray system.
The hospital handles orthopedic surgeries for pediatric patients and the new x-ray machine will be used in the operating room.
The C-Arm X-Ray is used during procedures with surgeons, and gives a real time screen display of young patients’ radiograms to better determine what’s needed during procedures.
“So in a word, it’s critical. When we’re at surgery, we need to have real time ability to see what we’re doing surgically,” said Dr. Carey Mielke, the hospital’s Chief of Staff.
For mothers like Taisha Vincent, whose son had to have surgery on his hips, she’s appreciative of every donation.
“I think it’s a blessing from God that he gets to come here and they do the surgery for my child. I’ve been very blessed.”
This is the third year The David and Teresa Disiere Foundation has raised money for the hospital. They’ve already donated half of their goal, and they’ve pledged to match donations made by the community.
“This year is yet another opportunity for us to do what we can to assist the hospital and assist the patients that are here,” said David Disiere.
“To know that this hospital treats 19,000 patients a year, that’s 19,000 children is a great undertaking. It’s a remarkable effort from all of these people.”
KTAL NBC 6 will hold a ‘6 Hours of Caring’ telethon Wednesday, December 11 to help raise funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children – Shreveport.
Last year, the community helped the David & Teresa Disiere Foundation meet its $175,000 goal to build a new therapeutic playground for Shriners’ patients.
Our ‘6 Hours of Caring’ telethon will be from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. You will be able to call in and make your donation to our many volunteers that will be answering the phones.