Dr. Oumar Coulibably, Interplast’s partner-in-training from Mali,
is getting married. About 20 Interplast volunteers,
who have been part of surgical teams to Bamako in the last few years, wanted to
express their friendship and best wishes for his wedding.
Spearheaded by volunteer coordinator/translator Jacques De Deken, they recently sent him a gift of cash to
help alleviate some of his wedding expenses and the relocation of his
future wife, as Oumar is studying in Cote d'Ivoire.
we heard Oumar was getting married, we really wanted to do something nice for
him,” said Beverly Kent, Interplast’s director of volunteer services. “Oumar
has been working with the Interplast teams since we started going to Bamako in
“Because of his interest, dedication to the poor, and his skills,
Interplast decided to support Oumar in his training to become first a pediatric
surgeon and then hopefully the first plastic surgeon in all of Mali,” continued
Kent. “Unfortunately, there is no
pediatric surgery training program in Mali, so Oumar is living in Cote d'Ivoire
far from his bride and is anxious to get married so he can bring his wife to
live with him.”
“All of us who have developed a relationship
with Oumar are so happy to give him this wedding gift,” concluded Kent. The rest of us at Interplast also send Oumar
and his bride-to-be great thanks for their devotion to helping the poor in Mali
and wish them a wonderful life together.