Dehradun, India-Nicole Friedland, Interplast chief development officer. Photo by John Urban.
Dr. Kush Aeron is the son of Interplast's surgical outreach director, Dr. Yogi Aeron. You can tell immediately that he's a special human being, deeply committed to helping those less fortunate than himself with his medical skills. I've been blown away by his energy and humility. From scrubbing in for surgery, inviting in local community members to be inspired to support this work, and translating for patients to simply carting in water for the team, he is constantly busy and working to help the team see as many patients as possible in our two weeks here. This family is deeply committed to their service. They live in a home next to the small surgical clinic with two operating rooms. Because the team will be doing multiple surgeries a day, and the recovery ward can't hold all the patients, they have cleared out their own living room and turned it in to an additional ward. Several patients who have been abandoned are actually living with them and employed at the clinic. One lovely girl named Mamta is just such a case. Her entire face was destroyed when she was just one year old and the Aerons are slowly reconstructing it for her. I'll tell you her story in a future blog.