Healing the Children Rocky Mountains returned to the government hospital Dos de Mayo in Lima, Peru for the 6th time. The reach of our team continues to grow each year. Many patients are babies, and it is truly miraculous how a 90 minute cleft lip or palate surgery can offer a child a hope at a normal life as these children are often bullied and not allowed to attend school in Peru.
Stories from the Field
Dr. John Huntington, a Grand Rapids anesthesiologist, was in Honduras on a mission trip when he encountered a very malnourished little boy with a cleft lip and palate. That was the moment hope arrived for Isaac Cabrera, just two months old at that time.
It was clear that Gael needed help and it was agreed that, though he was only 9.3 kilos, he would be strong enough to withstand surgery and his speech, ability to eat solids and appearance would all benefit greatly.
At two years old and all smiles, Gift Mewali is just that, a gift. Gift was born with a hole in her heart and no one to fix it. "It's too long of a wait for them to get care," said Debi McDonald, Executive Director for the Kentucky chapter of Healing the Children who helped bring Gift to the U.S. for care.
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."
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.