Surgical teams on an IMR surgical mission are made up of surgeons of varying specialties. In conjunction with our partner hospital, we recruit for surgical cases that match up with the team’s ability to provide care. Surgical missions average 14 days because they include adequate time for pre-screening candidates, setting up a surgical rotation, and providing post-surgical care and training for follow up with local providers.
Inadequate financial resources of patients and hospitals often prevent those most in need from obtaining simple surgeries that are often life-changing. IMR, in conjunction with our partner hospital, helps connect these patients with our surgical team and provides transportation for the patient and family, follow-up care, medications, and supplies. Our organization has hosted several surgical camps ranging from general surgery to plastic surgery. Teams have treated patients that have severe burns requiring skin grafts, as well as patients needing cleft lip/palate/nose repair.
Our plastic surgery teams have treated patients ranging from 4 months old to 70 years old. We have also brought patients to the U.S. for surgical treatment. IMR has provided sight-saving eyelid surgeries for children with ichthyosis and fistula repairs for women in Africa. When not treated, women with fistulas have been ostracized in their communities and segregated from their families.
As a surgeon or member of one of our surgical teams, you understand very well the importance of your expertise and work, often resulting in lives saved. Your impact in a vulnerable community with little to no access to healthcare will be extraordinary.
To my family and friends, I could not have done this without your love and support! THANK YOU so much!!
To my IMR crew, you guys and girls were amazing. It was an honor and a privilege working with you. I’m going to miss you all!!
Thank you all for making this possible!
Thank you to the people of Haiti for filling my heart with so much gratitude and reassuring me that this is what I am meant to do. Thank you to International Medical Relief for allowing us to provide care for over 1,000 citizens and allowing me to work with an amazing crew! Until next time.
My heart is truly so full and I am so thankful I was able to be a part of this team. The team was made up of 42 amazing people from all over the U.S. The people of Kenya were absolutely wonderful and so kind and gracious. We were able to help 1,377 patients on this mission!!
If anyone is considering a mission mission, I hope you will consider International Medical Relief. I definitely hope to do more missions for sure and I will never forget this mission of a lifetime.
Together we have triaged, diagnosed, prescribed for, and treated over 600 patients in just three days, and will continue for a few more days. We’ve seen everything from malaria, infectious wounds, amebiasis, tuberculosis… to appendicitis, sepsis, and splenomegaly.
All with the help of some skilled, hardworking translators.
It’s been exhausting but rewarding, and one of the few times in life I’m eager to wake up and start the day.
It never ceases to amaze me how great of an impact people can have when we come together for a unified mission. I mean, our team was just a bunch of strangers that all gathered in one place, with one goal: to serve and give to the people of Haiti.
To give selflessly is truly the GREATEST experience of being human. Thank you to IMR for being an organization that strives to make a difference in this world.
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