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Shriners Hospitals for Children — Galveston tissue bank provides skin grafts for pediatric burn survivor in Peru

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Galveston tissue bank provides skin grafts for pediatric burn survivor in Peru

Last June, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Galveston responded in a humanitarian way to a call for a child in Peru with over 65% total body surface area burns who desperately needed skin grafts to complete two life-saving surgeries.

Working together with the hospital and a Shrine temple in Peru, along with Shriners Hospitals for Children home office in Tampa, Florida, they were able to transport the 10 square feet of skin needed for the child. At first, finding a shipping company to transport the tissue, which is highly temperature sensitive, was difficult. However, with the help of a tissue bank staff member, Gabby Hernandez, and World Cargo Solutions, along with permission from Community Tissue Services to re-gift the Shriners tissue donation, the Galveston Shriners Hospital was able to fulfill the request.

This was the first time that tissue processed at the Galveston Shriners Hospital, was ever transported overseas for use on a patient treated in another country.