My name is Heidi Huntsman, from Salt Lake City, Utah. While I have served on the Interplast board since June 2004, this is my first Interplast trip. We are visiting Cusco, Peru, which sits high in the Andes—more than 11,000 ft! Most of the indigenous people here are descendants of the Incans, which ruled the region until the mid-1500s. The region is extremely poor and has very little access to health care. Even if they had services available to them, they couldn’t possibly afford to pay for these surgeries themselves.
This is 1 1/2-year old Alan and his mother. He and his mother traveled many hours so that the doctors and nurses of interplast could operate on his cleft lip.