Medical Teams Offer Hope for Children in Dominican Republic

Story Number: NNS090424-19Release Date: 4/24/2009 3:31:00 PM
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By Spc. Eric J. Cullen

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (NNS) -- Personnel from hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) have arrived at Pabellon de Balomano Sports Complex in Santo Domingo to provide medical attention for those in need as part of Continuing Promise 2009 (CP09).

Maria Josefina Santana's two children will be treated by Comfort's surgeons for their hernias. Santana's 6-year old daughter, Anni Maria Terrero, and her 22-month old son, Juani Terrero, will undergo surgery for their hernia problems.

"I heard about CP09 from my neighbor," said Santana. "My son hurts all the time." "We are very anxious and happy for the surgery," said Santana. "My daughter knows she is getting the help she needs and is excited."

CP09 combines U.S. military and interagency personnel, civil service mariners, non-governmental organizations, academia and partner nations to provide nations to provide medical, dental, veterinary and engineering services afloat and ashore alongside host nation personnel.

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