|West Bank : May 2007 and Dec 2007
Dr. John Van Aalst, MD is the
Director of Pediatric & Craniofacial Suregery at the University
of North Carolina.
He has started a program for the West Bank to
train local surgeons in cleft palate and cleft lip repair. During
the May 2007 trip twenty-eight surgerys were performed and four
local surgeons received training. The Palestinian
Relief Fund (PCRF LINK)
instrumental in funding the effort and has done a marvelous job
coordinating with Thabet Thabet hospital in Tulkarem. This
program is free to the participants. In December,
first Cleft Medical Society meeting was held in Ramallah and was
attended by over 100 interested
West Bank physicians of all
specialties. Speakers included physicians from
Doctors Without Borders,
Dr Van Aaalst and Dr Herring
of CMI and other international physicians. The conference emphasized
the need for
a coordinated multi-disciplinarian approach.
This child probably
suffers from Apert syndrome.
She had severely deformed hands
required some surgery.
patient is photographed for thorough
documentation and surgical
This previous cleft
lip repair requires revision.
This child's nose was
deformed at birth by prolonged
Hands of Light.....
Pat Davison, Pulizer
Prize winning photographer,
joined us on two trips.
BEFORE AND AFTER