Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Outreach
Humanitarian Trip to Peru
Our facial plastic surgeons have just returned from another very successful humanitarian trip to Peru where they helped 49 children and 5 adults. Dr. Tom Wang, Dr. Myriam Loyo Li, and Dr. Dane Barrett collaborated with FACES Foundation to help cleft patients in the Northern part of Peru.
Healthcare in Peru is centralized in the capitals, making access difficult in the rural areas. Our mission trip served patients in the rural North of the country and we also saw patients from the Andes and from the Rain Forest.
Finishing our mission trip, we have such a sense of accomplishment and community. Parents offered soft and kind smiles to each other and to their children. Moms and dads often slept on the floor around the beds and took turns singing to and feeding the babies, helping as much as they could with the healing process of their children and kin. Our nurses helped educate them on feeding and taking care of the incisions. The families told us how the future of their children has been changed by the surgeries we performed, and often talked about other family members who are affected by a cleft deformity, hoping they can bring them next year.
It has been an honor to be part of the mission trip. The experiences of this week reminded us of one of my favorite Helen Keller quotes: "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much". - Dr. Myriam Loyo Li
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.