Our Surgical Campaign in January marked 10 years of collaboration with Hospital Belén of Lambayeque, Perú!

12 Years in Lambayeque, Peru!

Our network of patients and medical colleagues continues to expand. We are so grateful by the efforts of everyone involved. Together, we provided life-changing surgeries for 44 patients.

Half of the patients who received surgeries this year were patients we’ve treated the past. As the children grow, they are prepared to receive other necessary surgeries to help them recover from their initial cleft, such as a palate repair, a nose revision, or an alveolar bone graft. This is one of the many reasons we return to the same city each year.

We are especially grateful for the generosity of our host hospitals, Hospital Belen and Hospital Regional, and the Lions Club Ciudad Evocadora. Their support and collaboration are essential to the success of the cleft campaigns.

Host Hospitals

Number of Patients treated at Hospital Belén: 33

Number of Patients treated at Hospital Regional: 11

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Demographics

Ages 2 and younger –> 25 patients

Between ages 3-12 –> 7 patients

Between ages 13-17 –> 8 patients

Ages 18 and older –> 4 patients

Team members pose with the patient, his mother, and his grandmother before surgery.

Procedures

Speech Therapy

A young patient practices his consonants with speech therapists Hannah Sanford Keller and Chelsea Sommer.

Hannah Sanford Keller and Chelsea Sommer, Speech Language Pathologists from Portland and Salt Lake City, met with over 70 patients and their families to teach them important speech exercises. Speech Therapy is particularly important for patients who have cleft palates that are repaired later in their childhood.

Hannah and Chelsea hosted a speech therapy workshop at Hospital Belen during the campaign. 65 local therapists attended! Throughout the week, these same therapists came to collaborate during patient therapy sessions.

Colegio Medico del PEru

Thank you to our colleagues at the Medical Board of Peru in Chiclayo! We are happy to partner with you in the efforts to care for families with children born with clefts.


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