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Rehma Fund for Children starts raising money to support OPENPediatrics initiative

Posted by Scott Kirsner  January 14, 2014 09:52 AM

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There isn't a person in Boston whose heart didn't break reading the news last January about little Rehma Sabir, who died in Cambridge just a few days after her first birthday. The nanny hired to take care of Rehma has been charged with first-degree murder; she has pleaded not guilty, and the trial is expected to begin this year.

Rehma's parents are launching a new fund in their daughter's memory today, which would have been Rehma's second birthday. The money raised will go to support the OPENPediatrics initiative at Boston Children's Hospital, which is building an open source, peer-reviewed online guide to caring for sick children. OPENPediatrics is already being used by doctors and nurses in more than 80 countries, and its materials are already saving lives.

Jeffrey Burns, who runs OPENPediatrics, was involved in Rehma's care at Children's last year; Rehma's father, Sameer Sabir, is a medical device entrepreneur who previously ran MoMelan Technologies.

Here's a video overview of the fund's mission. You may want to have a Kleenex nearby...

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