Interplast

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PVPS surgeon Dr. Brett Snyder is actively involved with Interplast, a non-profit organization providing free reconstruction surgery to children. Dr. Snyder has led trips to Laos and participated in missions to Vietnam and Peru.

Interplast is the first international humanitarian organization to provide free reconstructive plastic surgery in developing countries. It makes a direct and profound difference in the lives of 3,000 children each year who suffer physically or emotionally from a congenital deformity or injury.

Interplast envisions a world in which no human being suffers physically or emotionally from a repairable congenital deformity or injury. To reach that vision, Interplast partners with volunteers and overseas medical colleagues to educate and empower local communities so that medical access is available year-round – now and for generations to come.

community_1Interplast was founded in 1969 under the leadership of plastic surgeon Dr. Donald R. Laub, who at the time was chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, California.

Laub had been inspired by Antonio, a 13-year-old boy who had come to Stanford from his home in Mexicali, Mexico to receive surgery to repair his cleft lip and palate.   Antonio was being raised by his grandmother, living apart from his parents and six siblings. He had never attended school, and rarely had opportunities for social interactions with other children. Father James Poggi, a local priest, arranged for Antonio to come to California.   Dr. Robert Chase, working with then plastic surgery residents Dr. Leo Keoshian and Laub, performed the surgeries to repair Antonio’s lip and palate.

Over time, Interplast refined its mission to better empower people around the world. The practice of bringing patients to the United States was eventually phased out as medical infrastructure in developing countries improved. Training doctors in developing countries became a much more sustainable and cost-effective way to affect the lives of thousands of children. While teaching was always integrated in surgical team trips, training doctors in developing countries became Interplast’s focus.

Ways to Give

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Interplast depends solely upon philanthropy and volunteerism to accomplish its mission of providing free reconstructive surgeries for impoverished children around the world, as well as medical education and training for host country medical professionals. The organization maintains lean administrative costs so that every dollar possible is used to make a difference for a lifetime.

community_3Each gift to Interplast is transformed into life-changing surgery, therapy, or training that will ultimately change the lives of thousands of people in need. Your support will be put to use immediately, not only helping Interplast teams reach out to waiting children, but also helping medical professionals around the world advance their skills to become better able to provide the needed surgeries and related care year-round for thousands more children.

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