A typical mother and father walk through our hospital door holding their child. This family owns nothing more than the clothes they wear. Their child is disfigured. Others in their village have been told it is the mom’s fault for a past sin. These parents are sometimes told that killing the baby is a reasonable option.
Operation of Hope has a history of delivering solutions.
Hours later, these parents see their child’s life transformed before their eyes. It’s an amazing business if you can call it that. Below are just 3 of the literally thousands of patients we have helped to see a brighter day. Click on their photos to learn more.
|Meet Beloved||Meet Lullubell||Meet Lorena||Meet Wonder|
Reconstructive Surgery for Burn Victims
Empowered by our donors, Operation of Hope has added reconstructive surgery for burn victims as part of their international outreach. Our involvement in this field is an answer to the severely limited resources for victims of all ages who have suffered from burns as a result of accidents involving boiling water, hot oils, acids, fire and electricity.
Facial Reconstructive Surgery
Operation of Hope provides free surgeries around the world for children born with or suffering from facial deformities. For over two decades our board-certified volunteer surgeons have donated over 2,500 facial reconstructive surgeries for patients and families in need.
Neonatal care and education
Dr. Weis explains, “there is nothing so rewarding as sharing information and resources with others in need to that precious lives can be saved. We have so much to offer.” With continued donor support, Operation of Hope looks to expand on this program with their pool of highly-specialized volunteer neonatologists.
Nothing is more powerful than meeting someone with one or both hands missing and being able to give them a basic tool that will help them with simple things in life we so often take for granted. Everyday tasks such as lifting a spoon, holding a pen, carrying a bag or steering a car become possible again. In cooperation with The Ellen Meadows Foundation and Rotary International, Operation of Hope is able to fit many amputee victims in our outreach clinics.
Special Needs Patients
Over the years, Operation of Hope has folded special needs patients into their scope of international work. One unique case involves a young boy from Zimbabwe, Africa who suffered a facial deformity as a result of blast injury to his face. The boy is named Beloved and at the age of 10 picked up a land-mine thinking the shiny object was a transistor radio. Beloved thought he could get better reception if he placed the device in his mouth which is when the land-mine detonated and removed most of Beloved’s mouth, teeth, lips and tongue. 4 years later, our donors and Operation of Hope Volunteer surgeons Dr. Keith Blackwell and Dr. Babak Azizzadeh came together to help this young boy and his incredible journey. This life-transformation was documented by People Magazine in one of the largest humanitarian features (Hero Among Us/Sept. 2009) in the magazines history. Beloved was also honored by CNN in their televised broadcast of an All Star Hero Tribute. (Thanksgiving night/2008) Read More