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Urgent News: Donations Needed – Smile Train No Longer Funding Mission Groups

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in Blog, news | Comments Off on Urgent News: Donations Needed – Smile Train No Longer Funding Mission Groups

Dear Friends of Operation of Hope: I am writing this letter to you to share some disappointing news. We just received the news that the cleft charity, Smile Train will no longer be funding mission groups, such as ours, as according to them, “funding missions does not fit into Smile Train’s model of empowering local medical professionals to solve the problem of cleft in their local communities.” Given this news, as President of Operation of Hope, I am personally reaching out to you to ask for your help. This decision greatly...

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Bee Gets His Day

Posted by on Mar 7, 2013 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Bee Gets His Day

In the building blocks of days creating the bridge to Blessings surgery, myself, along with Operation of Hope President slash Executive Director slash my older sister, Jennifer Trubenbach, Jennifer’s daughter Mari Mora and Zimbabwean nurse, Martha Pamire have had the opportunity to spend time with Blessing up-close-and-personal. We’ve introduced Blessing to the taste of Mexican food for the very first time, which he gave two spicy thumbs, straight up. Thanks to the many in the San Diego business community who have offered us free...

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Blessing’s Medical Exam

Posted by on Feb 28, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Blessing’s Medical Exam

As this day winds down, I wonder if Blessing ever thought this particular Tuesday would be such a big deal. But here we are, some five years of Tuesdays behind him after a detonator explode inside his mouth, Blessing finds himself in the U.S. of A., sitting across from a team of gifted surgeons and medical staff from Sharp Memorial Hospital here in San Diego, California. This Tuesday started with warm greetings at the door and minutes later Blessing was thrown into a swarm of hospital surgeons, anesthesiologists, dental surgeons, hospital...

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Blessing Lands at LAX

Posted by on Feb 21, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Blessing Lands at LAX

Monday, February 18th, 2013. Los Angeles International Airport. Blessing looked down and couldn’t help but notice his two Zimbabwean feet were no longer on African soil. The intense lights, blue and green walls and white noise of so many voices from around the world at Los Angeles International Airport painted the backdrop for our weary traveler. Our greeting party consisted of Operation of Hope President and Executive Director Jennifer Trubenbach, her daughter Mari, myself, and a small film crew from San Diego’s Sharp Memorial...

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Blessing is coming to America!

Posted by on Feb 21, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Blessing is coming to America!

After 5 long years, Operation of Hope is proud to announce that our special needs patient Blessing Makwera from Zimbabwe is coming to the United States for his facial reconstructive surgery scheduled for March 2nd, 2013 at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego California. As CNN will be following Blessing’s story for international and domestic distribution, I will personally blog Blessing’s visit and give you a behind the scenes view of this entire process. Buckle in. We have a fun ride ahead. Please feel free to write comments...

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Help Blessing Get the surgery he needs!

Posted by on Jan 13, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Help Blessing Get the surgery he needs!

Help Blessing Get the surgery he needs!

As featured on CNN’s Inside Africa hosted by Isha Sesay, a young boy named Blessing placed a cell-phone battery in his mouth which detonated, obliterating his tongue, teeth & jawbone. You can help! Operation of Hope has searched for and found volunteer doctors from Sharps Hospital in San Diego, California which are willing to donate their time and talent. Operation of Hope is making an appeal to raise the associated funds needed to complete this surgery. Items include dental work, transportation, food, housing and post-operative...

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Dr. Kevin Healy, Anesthesiologist, On His Recent Medical Mission to Malawi

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on Dr. Kevin Healy, Anesthesiologist, On His Recent Medical Mission to Malawi

Dr. Kevin Healy, Anesthesiologist, On His Recent Medical Mission to Malawi

Dr. Kevin Healy, Anesthesiologist, Blogs About His Recent Medical Mission to Malawi Dr. Kevin Healy was part of the Operation of Hope volunteer medical team that performed 21 surgeries in Blantyre, Malawi. We are so thankful to have wonderful volunteers join us on every mission. Below are excerpts from Dr. Healy’s blog, “Have Laryngoscope, Will Travel.” Please note that some images are surgical in nature and therefore may be disturbing to some readers. Preparing for the trip to Malawi Africa with Operation of Hope I spent...

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Dr. Roy Kim’s Medical Mission with Operation of Hope, Malawi 2012

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on Dr. Roy Kim’s Medical Mission with Operation of Hope, Malawi 2012

Dr. Roy Kim’s Medical Mission with Operation of Hope, Malawi 2012

San Francisco Plastic Surgeon Dr. Roy Kim operated on two dozen children during a recent Operation of Hope mission. San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) June 21, 2012 On the heels of a successful cleft nose and palate surgery for a teenager who traveled from Rwanda to San Francisco earlier this year, Dr. Roy Kim scheduled a trip to Blantyre, Malawi, to continue his medical mission work this summer. “When you volunteer to help a child whose facial deformities have likely caused him to be an outcast in his community for years, you know that you are giving...

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Burn Mission: Cho Ray Hospital

Posted by on Nov 27, 2012 in Missions | Comments Off on Burn Mission: Cho Ray Hospital

Burn Mission: Cho Ray Hospital

Operation of Hope Burn Mission: Cho Ray Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. September 2012. Operation of Hope volunteers have been working well together headed by surgeons Anthony Tran M.D., F.A.C.S. who was born in Vietnam and now lives in Arlington, Texas and Edward Buchanan M.D., who is an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery with the Baylor College of Medicine at the Texas Children’s Hospital. Between these two surgeons and our twelve other volunteers, we have a good crew who collectively understands why we pack our bags, leave...

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Zimbabwe 2012: 52 Facial Reconstructive Surgeries

Posted by on Aug 28, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on Zimbabwe 2012: 52 Facial Reconstructive Surgeries

Zimbabwe 2012: 52 Facial Reconstructive Surgeries

In July, 2012, Operation of Hope traveled to Harare Central Hospital in Zimbabwe, in order to complete 52 facial reconstructive surgeries. This was our 12th surgical mission to Zimbabwe since 2006, where we’ve performed more than 720 free life-changing surgeries for Zimbabwean children in need! We’d like to thank our wonderful team of 17 volunteers, headed by Operation of Hope Mission Director Jennifer Trubenbach and Medical Director Travis Tollefson, MD, and all the donors who made this trip possible! See Photos in Our...

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