At KimKaps we love donating our fun scrub caps to Medical Missions and we recently had the opportunity to play a small part in an historic procedure which resulted in the successful separation of twins in Haiti. We were contacted by Mimi with a request for color-coded caps that were organized by team to provide efficiency in a hectic situation. The story aired on CBS Evening News and can be found HERE
We received this photo and an email regarding the trip as well as the broadcast:
Two weeks ago, an 18-person medical team left CHLA on a medical mission to Haiti. Henri Ford, MD, MHA, vice president, surgeon-in-chief and chair of the Department of Surgery, led an international team of clinicians in a complex, seven-hour surgery to separate conjoined twin girls, Marian and Michelle. Among the caregivers who participated in this historic event, 18 members were from CHLA and Keck Medicine of USC and 12 members were from Haiti.
The surgery was a success and the girls, now just over six months, are progressing through their recovery well. Local media covered the surgery as a source of national pride—an acknowledgment that Haiti is progressing towards full recovery from the earthquake it experienced in 2010 and that it has reached a new milestone in its ability to care for its people. We believe that CBS’ national coverage of this historic effort will highlight the impact of CHLA’s mission on an international scale.
RICHARD D. CORDOVA, FACHE President and Chief Executive Officer
Mimi also emailed in to say:
“I just wanted to again extend my deepest thanks to KimKaps. The medical mission to separate conjoined twins, Michelle and Marian in Haiti was a great success. The caps truly made a difference, we cannot thank you enough for your generosity and speedy timing!!”
KimKaps was started by a surgical nurse longing for an alternative to the disposable blue "mops" she and the rest of the surgical team wore on their heads during their long hours in the OR. She knew these mops contain fiberglass, which damages and breaks hair, and that their disposable nature discourages environmentally-friendly practices. But most of all, she knew these mops are UGLY! She designed and began making 100% cotton scrub hats for herself out of the cutest and most durable fabrics she could find, and soon began outfitting the surgical teams in her hospital with her creations when her colleagues begged her to make them cuter in the OR, too! Since launching KimKaps, Kim and her creative team have brought a world of cute to the world of scrubs with distinct styles of scrub hats in dozens of fabulous fabric choices.