Interplast has instituted very high standards in order to provide safe treatment to these children. Unfortunately, this means that some are turned away due to iron deficiencies and malnutrition. It was very difficult for the surgeons and other professionals to break the news to the families--they came so far, and had so much hope. However, most of the children were surgical candidates, and in the following days, I will share their stories.
In this photo, Dr. Jim Scott, volunteer anesthesiologist from Albuquerque, makes notes about a toddler on clinic day.