Consultant climbs Kilimanjaro

Consultant climbs Kilimanjaro so UK's 1st da Vinci robot for babies and children can start saving lives

Consultant Anaesthetist, Corina Lee, who works at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital is going to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, which is Africa's highest mountain and the highest 'walkable' mountain in the world. Corina who will be beginning her journey on the 24  August and hopes to complete it in 7 days was inspired to take on the challenge because she wanted to raise money for The Children's Hospital Trust Fund.

As a Consultant Anaesthetist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital she has witnessed first-hand the difference that the Children's Hospital Trust Fund makes to the lives of the young patient's at the hospital. The charity recently raised over £1 million to purchase the UK's 1st da Vinci robot dedicated to babies and children. The robot will mean that the 6,000 babies and children from all over South East England who visit Chelsea and Westminster Hospital every year needing surgery will benefit from less invasive surgery. The outcome will be that patients will experience less pain and will be left with smaller scars and a quicker recovery period.

However, funds still need to be raised to get the robot up and running. Consultant Anaesthetist, Corina Lee, spends most of her time working in paediatric theatres and she believes that the robot will transform the lives of many of her young patients, which is why she is so keen to raise money to get the robot into action. 

There are currently 600 da-Vinci robots in the USA and it is hoped that with the da-Vinci system, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital will set the standard for other hospitals in the UK and help it to keep attracting world class doctors and surgeons.

Corina Lee, Consultant Anaesthetist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital said:

"The Children's Hospital Trust Fund will enable Chelsea and Westminster Hospital to become one of the leading paediatric centres in Southern England, which will mean that the 6,000 babies and children being treated at the hospital each year will have access to world-class care.

The robot will improve the health of the hospital's youngest patient's and the benefit that it will have on their lives will be seen for many years to come. "

Mr Munther Haddad, Chair of The Children's Hospital Trust Fund and Senior Consultant Paediatric Surgeon at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital said:

"We are delighted to be bringing this cutting-edge technology to children in the South of England.  The benefits of having surgery performed using the da Vinci robot for our young patients will be immense. Buying the robot is the first step as we still need to buy additional equipment. The charity will continue to raise money; donations can be made at here