Hello. I am Archana Sridhar, associate director of foundation and corporate relations at Interplast. I am going to be a member of an Interplast surgical team traveling to Cusco, Peru for the next two weeks. My team and I will be updating this blog about once a day while we are in and Cusco and Lima, Peru, so check back to see pictures of the children we help, and to learn about what it is like to volunteer on an Interplast trip!
This is my first surgical volunteer trip,
and I am really excited, albeit a little nervous. When I apply to
foundations for grants, I often write about the transformation our patients go
through. Many children with cleft lips and/or palates are malnourished
because they cannot properly close their mouths or swallow, and older children
are ridiculed and isolated from their peers and society, and often can’t even
go to school. Those with burns often cannot move their heads or their
arms – so they can’t play games with the other kids and face a difficult
future. I have seen pictures, heard stories, and watched videos of
doctors performing their miracles, but I have never seen it in person. I
can only imagine what it must be like to see a child as she emerges from
surgery and looks in a mirror to see her repaired deformity.
I am hopeful that the chemistry between the team members works out, and that I accurately convey the emotions and activities of the trip. When you see the next post, we will have landed safely in Peru!