This Peruvian girl was born with a bilateral transverse cleft lip. This happens in less than 1 in 80,000 births. The deep horizontal groove across her face left her with a constant frown and inability to move her mouth at all. Liquid would leak out of the corners of her mouth when she tried to drink. Her parents had travelled all over Peru to many hospitals and surgeons and could not find anyone who had expertise in treating this condition. A Healing the Children surgical team was the answer to their prayers.
Stories from the Field
A free clinic at the city dump helps to meet the desperate needs of children and families living in neighborhoods adjacent to the Guatemala City landfill - many of whom survive by scavenging at the dump for things that can be sold.
An episode of The Doctors TV program on ABC features the efforts of a Healing the Children surgical team in Nepal, including Southern California Chapter director Dr. Jennifer D'Amico, Dr. Alireza Khosroabadi, and Dr. Carl Kihm.
During a 2014 ENT screening trip to Nicaragua doctors identified four young women with moderate to severe hearing lost. Through our partners in the United States and Nicaragua, they can now hear clearly the sounds of this world for the first time.
Healing the Children Philadelphia is helping its partners in Ethiopia to to develop urgently needed pediatric ENT and audiology resources in the country. This project is now six years in with twice yearly trips to Ethiopia by Dr. Isaacson and his team from Temple University. They provide lectures and clinical classes for medical residents from Addis Ababa University. In addition, they assist in the procurement of needed supplies, instruments and diagnostic equipment to help train newly educated Ethiopian doctors who are then stationed throughout their country where needed.
Healing the Children Wisconsin made it possible for a former patient, David from Nicaragua, to make a positive difference in his community. David received treatment through HTC for bilateral clubfoot in 2000. David recently led an effort to secure funding and complete construction on a schoolhouse for his impoverished rural hometown in Nicaragua.
After the earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010, the Oregon Western Washington Chapter of Healing the Children responded with a lasting commitment to Haiti. ORWWA's training programs for teenagers are just one example of our commitment to sustainable medical development in Haiti and around the world. The need for first aid training was identified in a community needs assessment, so our ongoing medical missions help to train and certify teenagers as medical facilitators.
In 2014, Healing the Children Philadelphia in cooperation with the Cuscatlán Rotary, travelled to El Salvador for its 12th consecutive Podiatry Medical/Surgical Mission at the Military Hospital in San Salvador. During the week-long trip, the team of over 30 volunteers typically screens more than 100 children on Sunday, prioritizes its schedule, and begins operating on Monday.