Tempus Jets partnered with World Pediatric Project this holiday season to transport a newborn baby from Belize to Virginia for life-saving surgery.
The newborn, a boy named Shamir, was born with esophageal atresia (EA), a condition where the esophagus is incomplete and does not connect to the stomach, causing inability for the child to eat or swallow. If left untreated, the condition is fatal.
World Pediatric Project, a nonprofit organization that provides tertiary diagnostic and surgical care to children in Central America and the Caribbean, contacted Tempus Jets for its assistance in the transport of baby Shamir following his birth on December 18 in Corozal, Belize.
The aircraft used for the transport is managed and operated by Tempus. Donated by a Tempus client who wishes to remain anonymous, the plane was flown from Virginia to Belize on December 26 by Tempus chief pilot Bob Lake.
Tempus has partnered with the nonprofit organization twice before, providing aircraft and assistance for various operations taken on by WPP.
Baby Shamir is currently at the Children´s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University receiving intravenous feeding to strengthen him prior to reconstructive surgery. Surgery is anticipated to occur within the next ten days.
Tempus Jets provides an array of services to an extensive and diverse client base of corporations, governments and individuals. Founded in 2007, Tempus has established a global network of comprehensive and innovative services with a commitment to excellence, expertise and philanthropy. Headquartered in Denver, Tempus´ 36,000-square-foot facility houses the sales, service and parts departments.