The 18-member team included General surgeons, OB/GYN surgeons, a Thoracic surgeon, a Plastic surgeon, a Critical Care Physician, anesthesia providers, and a complete staff of nurses. During it’s time in Linares, the team performed 85 surgeries, many of them complex. The patient population ranged from infants to the elderly, and they were treated for variety of conditions. Some of these surgeries were life changing cosmetic procedures and some were lifesaving complex operations.
Our goal of reaching out and positively touching as many lives as possible was achieved. As Dr. Kothuru, who was the team’s leader stated, “Each mission brings a unique opportunity to directly impact people with free surgical care and also provide support to the local healthcare system by sharing ideas and donating medical equipment.” This year was no exception.
Approximately 1,400 pounds of supplies were packed to perform free surgeries for the people in the Maule region. A month prior to arriving in Chile, Operation International contacted local physicians, packed supplies and donations that would treat, educate and sustain the specific healthcare needs in the region. Operation International donated approximately $30,000 in equipment and medications.