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Shriners doctors will be in Cyprus next week to aid sick children

A group of specialist orthopaedic doctors from the Shriners Hospital for Children of Springfield, Massachusetts will be in Cyprus next week to examine children with severe orthopaedic and spine conditions, it was announced on Thursday.

The doctors, headed by the US hospital’s director, Dr  Mooney James Francis, are expected to examine around 400 children at the Nicosia general hospital, free of charge, between Monday and Thursday.

Children from Cyprus who need further therapy will be sent, also free of charge, by the foundation to the Shriners hospital for surgery.

Doctors from the Shriners Hospital visit the island once a year as part of an agreement signed between their hospital and the George and Thelma Paraskevaides Foundation.

Since 1983, when the foundation signed the agreement with the hospital, more than 3,000 children from Cyprus have been sent to Springfield for surgeries. The majority of these children have fully healed, while some are in the recovery phase, the foundation said in a statement.

“Most of those who have been healed, have today their own families and children and enjoy a healthy life”.

During their stay on the island, the doctors will also have a meeting with Health Minister, Constantinos Ioannou.

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