2015 was the fourth consecutive year that I led a team from Medical Missions for Children to travel to Batangas, the Philippines for a volunteer surgery mission. This year the team consisted of Dr. Jeffrey Anderson (anesthesiologist from Folsom Anesthesia Medical Group), Dr. Rebecca Garza (a Stanford plastic surgery resident), Eddie Brock, RN (a Stanford nurse), Russel DeMallie and Natalie Harris (nurses from Massachusetts General Hospital) and myself.
During the trip, hosted by Taal Polymedical Center, we screened over 50 children and performed surgery on 30 children, roughly repairing 15 cleft lips, and 15 cleft palates.
Highlights of the trip were seeing several patients from years past, late nights of karaoke singing songs from Frank Sinatra to Taylor Swift, and the satisfaction of making a difference in the worlds of these needy children.
A special thanks goes out to Project Linus in Sacramento, who provided toys for each child, each hand crafted with love.
See just a few highlights from our trip below and visit our photo gallery to see several of the young children we were able to help. We plan on returning again in 2016!
Dr. Kaufman , a patient from a prior medical mission, and his mom.
Dr. Kaufman and Dr. Anderson completing surgery.
Dr. Kaufman performing surgery during the visit.
The screening clinic at Taal Polymedical Center.
Exterior of the first church in the Philippines, built in the 1400’s in Taal.