Dr. Giselle Coelho chose to become a neurosurgeon because she was fascinated by neuroanatomy and the physiology of brain function, considering neurosurgery as her life’s purpose. In her opinion, the most rewarding aspect of being a neurosurgeon is the ability to transform the lives of children by treating life-threatening pathologies. Brazil is ranked #63 in terms of global healthcare, with a population of 214 million and 55 surgeons per 100,000 people. However, Brazil faces numerous barriers to accessible healthcare within the Public Brazilian Healthcare system, including issues with supply chain logistics, high healthcare costs, and political instability. Additionally, there is a lack of access to new technologies and surgical equipment.
Currently, Dr. Coelho is working on mastering a procedure called Third Ventriculostomy combined with choroid plexus coagulation using flexible neuroendoscopy, with the guidance of her mentor, Dr. Michael Dewan. Brazil was the first country in Latin America to receive training in performing this procedure through NeuroKids, a partner organization of Ohana One.
Dr. Coelho emphasized that hydrocephalus affects 2 out of every 10,000 children in South America, making this project crucial in reaching a significant number of children with this diagnosis in Brazil and creating a noticeable social and economic impact in the country.
With the support of Dr. Dewan, Dr. Coelho successfully treated a 4-month-old boy diagnosed with hydrocephalus, experiencing a progressive increase in head circumference and developmental delays. The child underwent an endoscopic third ventriculostomy and choroid plexus coagulation, resulting in significant improvement within 30 days after the surgical procedure.
Dr. Coelho expressed that the Ohana One Surgical Sight Smart Glass Program has significantly enhanced her surgical training and continues to do so. It serves as an important complement to in-person training, enabling high-quality follow-up and distance learning. The program promotes continuing medical education, especially in the discussion of complex cases.