Leyan was born with Aspert syndrome, a rare genetic defect in which the skull and facial bones are under-developed. A Louisville doctor was providing free neurological care to kids in Palestine. That's when he met Leyan at a clinic. "Leyan was in a tough spot," Dr. Mutchnick said." her brain was growing, but her skull wasn't."
Stories from the Field
270,000 children since 1979. For each child helped, the difference in their life is very real, and the impact sends ripples out into the world. The full aggregated impact is incalculable.
Medical teams traveling from the U.S. to developing countries are a cornerstone of Healing the Children's mission to provide medical care for children who lack adequate access to treatment. Surgical teams treated 3,753 kids during these trips in 2016.
The Southern California Chapter of Healing the Children conducted its 9th Annual Orthopedic mission to Kathmandu, Nepal in March 2016. This ongoing partnership with the Nepal Orthopedic Hospital provides foot and ankle surgery for Nepalese children.
Dr. Mike Mallahan's 13 years working in Guatemala has helped over 3,000 children to hear, and has helped to train and develop audiology personnel and resources in Guatemala.
Healing the Children envisions a world where every child has access to the medical care they need, unhindered by economic, geographic, social, and political barriers. It is our mission to help children overcome those barriers. For some kids, treatment in the U.S. by our partner hospitals and volunteer medical professionals - with the loving care of local host families - is the best or only option.
In 2016, Healing the Children provided urgently needed medical care to 9,173 children in 24 countries, and delivered $15 million in medical services and supplies, with less than 2% non-program overhead costs.
Miss World America Clarissa Bowers is among the many Healing the Children volunteers who give selflessly of their time, skills, and energy to provide care and healing for kids who would otherwise lack access to the help they need.