Hi. My name is Seth Mazow, communications associate at Interplast. In four days I will leave for the BeiBei district of Chongqing, China to participate on a volunteer surgical team trip. Interplast volunteer medical professionals from the US and Canada will go to Chongqing to provide life-changing reconstructive surgery for impoverished children and adults who have disfiguring birth defects, such as cleft lips and palates. We will also provide advanced training in reconstructive surgery techniques in order to empower the local doctors. The Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) have generously agreed to sponsor this trip. Over the past six years, RMHC has granted more than $3 million to sponsor Interplast trips and training for local doctors to provide continuing care to kids in developing countries. These donations have provided surgeries for more than 8,000 children.
Over the two week trip I will be experimenting with video blogging, podcasting, and other cool technologies that will help the team and I give people a better idea of what it is like to be on an Interplast volunteer surgical trip. If anyone has any suggestions of things they would like to see on this blog, please post a comment and I will try to accommodate the requests.