the gift of healing
Around the world, millions of children suffer from congenital deformities and disabling burns without hope of treatment. Photographs in The Gift Of Healing document the work of ReSurge International (formerly Interplast) a non-profit created over 40 years ago to address this need. The organization sends small teams of reconstructive surgeons, anesthesiologists, pediatricians and nurses to different sites worldwide to provide life-changing reconstructive surgery operations to children with treatable burns and congenital deformities.
Creating opportunities for advanced training for in-country surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses is a critical component of the program. ReSurge has now helped these medical professionals create Surgical Outreach Programs in eight countries in order to expand the reach of their work to rural populations. Such outreach is life-changing to economically impoverished families in rural communities where access to surgery is unavailable and unaffordable, and for whom travel to the annual visits of ReSurge is economically impossible. The images in The Gift of Healing document the organizations work during seven different trips to Brazil, Ecuador, Honduras, Laos and Peru.