Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Outreach
Surgical Team Visits PeruThis year's trip marks the 7th time for our surgical team to return to the Kausay Wasi Clinic in the Sacred Valley of Peru. For this trip, we had 18 volunteers. The surgical team, led by Dr. Tom D. Wang, included Dr. Scott Stephan (fellow in facial plastic surgery), and Dr.Artemus Cox (facial plastic surgeon). Other team members included anesthesia and OR/recovery room personnel and lay volunteers for a total of 18 members.
The team brought in all of the supplies needed during the week, including surgical instruments, hats, gloves, gowns, masks, sutures, dressings, anesthetics, medications and blankets and toys for the children.
Many children with cleft deformities of the lip and palate received treatment. Other children and scars and injuries from burns also received surgical care. Dr. Wang says, "It was a great opportunity for us to help those in need. Everyone on the team worked very hard to take care of as many patients as we could. This was a wonderfully rewarding experience, both personally and professionally. We are all looking forward to returning to Peru again next year and continuing our work."
Of course, it wasn't all work and no fun. We were able to sample the local cuisine, including a cuy (guinea pig) dinner in downtown Pisac. Some of us also rode from the 14,270 ft high Abra Malaga pass down to Ollantaytambo on fully suspended mountain bikes. The air was thin at that altitude but the scenery was truly spectacular.
On reflecting back, the success of our trip was due in no small part to the positive, can-do attitude of our team members. We came together as a cohesive unit and everyone pitched in and did what needed to be done. With a mindset like that, you can't help but have a great time while helping those in need. We can't wait to go back in 2012!
We can now accept your charitable contributions to help us help others. Please click here to go to our support page, and make a donation. You can also call the OHSU Foundation at 503-228-1730 and let them know you want to support Dr Tom Wang's ENT Humanitarian efforts, and his Peru trips for facial plastic surgery.