Bringing smiles: looking back

GSK PULSE Volunteer, Len is back working with a non-profit organization, Rotaplast, to provide pre-operative and post-operative pediatric care for cleft palate surgeries in Bangladesh.

GSK PULSE Volunteer, Len is back working with a non-profit organization, Rotaplast, to provide pre-operative and post-operative pediatric care for cleft palate surgeries in Bangladesh.

On the last day, we held our end of mission clinic. It was wonderful seeing so many of the children we operated on the past 10 days return with their families to the Nurture Hospital for a wound check.

As they walked into the exam room, their new smiles were gleaming. Our last day was also spent doing dressing changes on the 23 children operated on for burn scar contracture releases or congenital and functional finger or toe anomalies. Their skin grafts and wounds were healing well. All told, we operated on 92 patients and changed 92 lives for the better.

Volunteering my skills and knowledge to transform the lives of these children and families in need around the world is an honor. This medical mission was my third and I look forward to volunteering for many years to come. My camera was at my side at all times. Attached are pictures which capture the beauty and the experience.