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Phan Rang, Vietnam-Kathy Yates, Interplast board member.
Suong came in this morning for her bilateral cleft lip surgery. Dr. Richard Hagerty, who performed her operation, wanted to make sure it was repaired as perfectly as possible. He was extremely careful and sought the advice of his colleague, Dr. Shankar Man Rai, Interplast’s surgical outreach director in Nepal who treats clefts on a daily basis. Together, they determined the best way to preserve her tissues and create an intact lip. In the end, she came out with a beautiful face.
It is apparent that one of the unique things about Interplast is the way the teams assemble from various places around the world and, never having worked together, start collaborating and cooperating to make surgical magic happen.
Interplast has been informally studied by medical teams in other countries. How do they do it? Communication and collaboration are the foundation. It’s all part of the Interplast mission: to identify the leaders in the field of reconstructive plastic surgery and bring them together to provide these vital services while also teaching and collaborating with local hosts.