Operation Smile is a charity organization for children – donate non profit
Operation Smile is a charity organization for children – donate non profit
 

October 10, 2010

Kisumu, Kenya: Sept. 30-Oct. 9, 2010

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Operation Smile Mission in Kenya is pleased to announce the successful completion of the international medical mission to Kisumu, Kenya, at New Nyanza Provincial General Hospital. An enthusiastic team of volunteers from Ireland, Thailand and United States as well as from seven different Kenyan sites worked tirelessly to screen over 268 eligible patients and provide free medical care to 137 of them. Eighty-eight patients returned for their one-week post-operative evaluation and not one had any complications. They will return in May of 2011 for a six-month follow up.
 
This year’s team was comprised of over 50 medical and non-medical volunteers who worked alongside local volunteers and unselfishly gave so much of their time, energy and compassion to change the lives of several children and their families.

Two little neighbor girls were sure to bring a smile to all our faces. Roda and Rebecca were both born with cleft lips and traveled for several days to the mission to receive surgery. Roda’s aunt, Julieta, heard about Operation Smile's mission and as she prepared to bring her, she was told about Rebecca’s condition and graciously agreed to bring the two girls to our mission.

These two girls come from the Samburu tribe, a pastoralist community found in the North Western part of Kenya. These people walk for hundreds of miles, in search of pasture for their livestock; making it extremely difficult for three-year-olds like Roda and Rebecca to access medical help. The family arrived in Kisumu on the second day of screening and stayed until they were ready to go home. As they waved us good bye, their beautiful smiles spoke more than words.

It is a tribute to the volunteer spirit that doctors, nurses, board members, and volunteers from all walks of life were able to come together and make the medical mission successful.
 
We would like to thank the Safaricom Foundation for funding the Kisumu Mission. Special thanks also go to, OSMIK Board, Kisumu Board, the Ministry of Health, Operation Smile Inc., local donors and all other countless volunteers and partners who worked tirelessly to create an environment whereby everyone could focus 100% on providing the best possible care to the children of Kenya.
 
The medical mission was visited by representatives from major media houses which, was extremely helpful in increasing awareness of Operations Smile’s programs. The overall attitude at the conclusion of the mission was unbelievably positive and it is that positivity which will help to foster new partnerships and enthusiasm in Kenya and in the region as a whole.
 
Once again, it was a delight to work with each and every one of you who contributed to the success of this mission. By working together, we have helped to dramatically change 137 lives and by doing so, help to change the entire world.

- Diana Gathiga, Program Coordinator, Operation Smile Mission in Kenya

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October 9, 2010

Kisumu, Kenya: Sept. 30-Oct. 9, 2010

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Yesterday was the last day of surgery. We gave 137 patients new smiles and new lives! It was a great team and we had a wonderful week of surgery.

- Eileen Little, Program Coordinator, Operation Smile 

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October 8, 2010

Kisumu, Kenya: Sept. 30-Oct. 9, 2010

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Our fourth day of surgery was another successful day. We operated on 31 more patients bringing our total for this surgery week to 126 patients.

Today we have two patients on the general table having their dressings changed. We also have 11 new local patients.

- Eileen Little, Program Coordinator, Operation Smile 

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October 7, 2010

Kisumu, Kenya: Sept. 30-Oct. 9, 2010

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October 7, 2010

We had another terrific day of surgery on Wednesday operating on 32 more patients. This brings our total surgery number to 95 new smiles.

Today we have 18 general patients scheduled for surgery and 11 local cases.

- Eileen Little, Program Coordinator, Operation Smile 

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October 6, 2010

Kisumu, Kenya: Sept. 30-Oct. 9, 2010

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Jambo from team Kenya!

So far on the mission we have screened over 260 patients, and are in the middle of surgery week. Everything is going absolutely brilliant! The team gets along great and is working really well together to give all our patients a new smile!

Some mission highlights include a set of neighbors named Rebecca and Roda. The two almost look like twins and for the majority of the week we thought they were! After receiving surgery, Susan noticed the mom had bought them new shoes.

When asked why, the mother simply said "Now that i want people to really see them, I want them to look good." This is what Operation Smile does, each mission gives patients and their family a chance for a new begining. It allows two parents to finally see how beautiful their child really is.

Another favorite patient from the playroom was Yvonne. She had a a pretty dramatic cleft lip, but was one of the happiest girls I've ever met. She adored bubbles and coloring and sitting in the laps of everyone. After surgery, we went to see her and say goodbye.

The only person happier to see us than her, was her mother. After a goodbye hug, and a last picture of the new smile she had, I stood up to shake her moms hand. I thanked her enormously for sharing her child with me, and letting me spend all the time I had with her. She shook her head and said, "No thank you, you are the one who has made the difference."

The family of the patients truly appreciate each and every person on these missions. As much as they are changing our lives, we our changing their's in return.

Back to changing the world one smile at time!

Hakkuna Matata,

- Susan Binchy and Bess Preddy, Student Volunteers

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October 6, 2010

Kisumu, Kenya: Sept. 30-Oct. 9, 2010

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October 6, 2010

We had a great day of surgery yesterday, and all the patients are doing fine. We operated on 32 patients yesterday and our new total is 63.

- Eileen Little, Program Coordinator, Operation Smile

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October 5, 2010

Kisumu, Kenya: Sept. 30-Oct. 9, 2010

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The first day of surgery went well. We operated on 31 patients.

Yesterday, we also screened 35 additional patients, bringing our total to 266 and we were able to add five priority one cases to the schedule.

Today we have 32 additional patients on the schedule. 21 general patients and 11 local.

- Eileen Little, Program Coordinator, Operation Smile

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October 2, 2010

Kisumu, Kenya: Sept. 30-Oct. 9, 2010

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We had another successful day of screening today with 69 potential patients screened bringing our screening total to 231. We have 130 patients scheduled for surgery next week with 32 patients scheduled for Monday.

The operating room is set up and the schedule will be read to the patients in the morning. The team is having a wonderful time.

- Eileen Little, Program Coordinator, Operation Smile

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October 1, 2010

Kisumu, Kenya: Sept. 30-Oct. 9, 2010

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Today was a great first day to screening! We screened 162 patients. We are looking forward to another great day of screening tomorrow.

- Eileen Little, Program Coordinator, Operation Smile

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September 30, 2010

Kisumu, Kenya: Sept. 30-Oct. 9, 2010

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Operation Smile's team of medical volunteers screened 266 patients for reconstructive surgery. The team hopes to provide as many life-changing surgeries as possible to children whose families would otherwise be unable to afford it.

September 30, 2010

Today most of the volunteers arrived on site. The international team arrived very early in the morning and had time to get over some jet lag and try some of the local fish fries. The Kenyan team arrived in the afternoon and everyone is happy to be back at this beautiful site on Lake Victoria!

We had our team meeting tonight and the volunteers have just broken off into specialties to talk about screening tomorrow.

- Eileen Little, Program Coordinator, Operation Smile

Tags:   From the Field, Kenya

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