Monthly Archives: December 2015

International Disaster Relief: Returning to Amman, Jordan

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Following a recent pause in sending international surgical missions to assist our friends with the Treating the Wounded Syrian Program, LEAP Global Missions and ISAPS are proud to announce that we are once again coordinating teams of plastic and reconstructive surgeons to treat war-wounded Syrians. Thanks to the generous financial support provided by the Syrian American Medical Society covering the anticipated costs of surgical procedures, two teams have been scheduled to volunteer in November 2015 and January 2016.Screen Shot 2015-12-22 at 10.44.08 AM

Participating in the November mission are ISAPS member surgeons Dr. Argentina Vidrascu (Romania) and Dr. Evando Lauritzen (Brazil). Participating in the January mission is ISAPS member surgeon Dr. Ali Juma (UK) and LEAP volunteer surgeon Dr. Robert Anderson (USA).

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LEAP Legacy: Every Child Counts

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We need your help! LEAP Global Missions believes that every child counts, so much so that we have traveled 100,000 miles this year to reach children living in impoverished regions around the world who were in need of complex surgical care, primarily for craniofacial deformities. Often times, these children are shunned by their communities and hidden away by their families without options for needed medical and surgical care. At LEAP, we are thankful to have the opportunity to impact these children’s lives in a meaningful way.

IMG_4621Harare Children’s Hospital in Zimbabwe has been our host hospital for the past six years. It is the only pediatric hospital in all of Zimbabwe, serving a population of approximately 15 million with only two operating room suites. As of 2013, Harare Children’s Hospital had performed over 3,000 operations with a wait list of over 5,000 children. In 2014, elective surgical care was backlogged significantly with pediatricians scheduling surgeries up to the year 2018.

After prayerful consideration, LEAP sent funding for a third operating room suite. In May 2014, construction began with completion in July. When our team traveled to Harare in September 2015, we were able to utilize this beautiful new operating room and enlarged recovery room.

IMG_4701As a result of this third operating room, Harare Children’s Hospital has indicated the following improvements to their pediatric community:

  1. Improved Efficiency – The surgeons and nursing staff previously worked until midnight or 1 am to complete their daily surgeries. Now, surgeons and staff are usually able to complete a normal surgery day.
  1. Elective Operations – Normally scheduled surgeries would be postponed due to emergencies, creating a huge backlog. Now, elective operations are no longer stopped, and emergencies take place in the third operating room.
  1. Depleting The Backlog – As surgeons are able to plan and not be ‘waiting’ for an available operating room, they can now schedule and execute all pending surgeries.

IMG_1564 copyIn 2013, a total of 1,110 pediatric surgeries were performed with two operating rooms. In the following year, an additional 400 surgeries were completed in the second half of the year, following the opening of the third operating room in July. In 2015, an estimated 2,000 total pediatric surgeries will have been performed by end of year!

This third operating room allows for many thousands of children to receive their needed surgeries much earlier. Over time, this eternal gift will continue to benefit countless children over many generations. There is truly no better way for us to invest in our global future!

Dr. Hobar's hearty handshakeWithout your generous support, LEAP could not have the same impact on these children, their families, and those living within their community. We hope that you will consider helping to financially support our mission again this year so that these children will continue to benefit. As you prayerfully consider your donation, we ask that you also consider making a monthly donation.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  – Matthew 6:21

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Joyful Giving: Every Child Counts

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We need your help! LEAP Global Missions believes that every child counts, so much so that we have traveled 100,000 miles this year to reach children living in impoverished regions around the world who were in need of complex surgical care, primarily for craniofacial deformities. Often times, these children are shunned by their communities and hidden away by their families without options for needed medical and surgical care. At LEAP, we are thankful to have the opportunity to impact these children’s lives in a meaningful way.

This year, we had the opportunity to help Neisha through our Landmark Program. This is Neisha’s beautiful story:

Neisha was born in Haiti to a very loving family. When she was only an infant, her parents and grandmother first brought her to Hopital Espoir to be evaluated by the LEAP team. Needing to wait until she was older, LEAP continued to evaluate Neisha biannually thereafter while we were in Haiti. This April, we were able to tell Neisha’s family that she would soon be ready to travel to Dallas for complex surgical care in the late summer. The family was overjoyed by this news, happy that their daughter was ready to begin the first of several needed surgeries.

unnamed-3Having never left Haiti before, Neisha and her mother Edelyne said their prayers and boarded an airplane to come to Dallas in August, expecting to stay for several weeks. Little did they know what a special host family they would be fortunate enough to be staying with. Janet and Pat Ortega have loved and cared for Haitian children in the most extraordinary of ways, including partnering with LEAP to build a Pediatric Ward last year at our host hospital.

After arriving in Dallas and celebrating her third birthday, the very next day Neisha had extensive surgery at Medical City Children’s Hospital by Drs. Craig Hobar, Fred Sklar, and Douglas Sinn to correct her hypertelorism, a very rare medical condition, and complete a cleft lip repair and partial nasal reconstruction. Neisha did well post-operatively, requiring a few days of intensive care by the incredible, compassionate nursing staff in the Pediatric ICU. Host mom Janet stayed every single day by the bedside to help care for both Neisha and mom in this totally new, strange environment.

unnamed-4After Neisha’s discharge from the hospital, all traveled to southern Oklahoma to stay and recover on Janet and Pat’s ranch over the following weeks. During this time, Neisha and mom often went to church with the Ortegas. Neisha was always “encouraging” church members to stand up and sing their loudest praises; sitting would simply not do! Another favorite activity, fishing on the ranch, was truly the most fun, along with experiencing all of the never-before-seen animals on the ranch. This was a totally different and wonderful experience, a proverbial sanctuary for which to heal this precious child.

After only five weeks, it was time to send Neisha and Edelyne home. While the LEAP team was in Haiti only a few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to see Neisha and her family again for a post-operative check. Neisha was so sweet and a little sassy and has grown taller. She is recovering nicely, and we so loved seeing her doing so well.

unnamed-5Neisha’s remaining surgeries will be done in Haiti when LEAP travels there and as Neisha is ready. This family and extended family are so grateful and thrilled that Neisha has experienced a normal, healthier quality of life. They have had to deal with many cultural stigmas during Neisha’s lifetime, which have significantly improved since she returned home from Dallas.

As you can see, LEAP Global Missions provides needed surgical care to children in need; more importantly, we provide the opportunity for a fuller, healthier life. Through our three programs, LEAP travels to impoverished regions to provide surgical care, brings children with the most complex surgical needs to Dallas for treatment, and also sends surgical teams in the event of an international disaster. Over the past 24 years, we have helped to transform the lives of over 9,000 children living in 21 countries.

unnamed-6Without your generous support, LEAP could not have the same impact on these children, their families, and those living within their community. We hope that you will consider helping to financially support our mission again this year so that other children like Neisha will continue to benefit. As you prayerfully consider your donation, we ask that you also consider making a monthly donation.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  – Matthew 6:21

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Haiti Pediatric Ward Update

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LEAP_HAMILTON-3305One of our greatest highlights in 2014 was giving witness to another beautiful unfolding prayer as to how God uses us in extraordinary ways to bless others. As you know, Janet and Pat Ortega took on the charge of leading and building a 2,000 sq. ft. multi-room, air conditioned Pediatric Ward in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The Ortegas, along with a fantastic team of dedicated, hard-working men from the US, traveled to Haiti and accomplished what few have ever seen in Haiti, completing the ward in just 16 days! Local physicians and others alike continue to come, wanting to see the miracle construction that normally takes years to accomplish in Haiti.

LEAP_HAMILTON-3351In 2015, over 4,300 pediatric patients were able to be medically evaluated due to the Pediatric Ward and the advent of the new specialty services. Over 500 patients were hospitalized and admitted to the Pediatric Ward for medical care. An additional 50 infants were admitted to the neonatal unit. These patients received the blessing of healing, made possible by the servant hearts and hands of our amazing construction team, who brought their own ministry to Haiti. To all others who made this possible for the precious children of Haiti, we wholeheartedly thank you for your contribution! God is good!

 

New Medical Volunteer: Dr. Steve Orten

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Haiti Nov 2015 - Dr Steve OrtenPlano Facial Plastic Surgeon and Otolaryngologist Dr. Steve Orten was part of our Haiti Team just a few short weeks ago. New to LEAP Global Missions, Dr. Orten worked beside our most seasoned medical volunteers. While we are quite accustomed to working with very dedicated humanitarian medical providers at LEAP, it really takes a very special person to be willing to travel and work in the medical mission field. All healthcare providers who share their medical talents in this way should be commended for their selfless mission efforts.

11204385_10153642060237254_3893040039085522427_n After his mission work, Dr. Orten shared with us, “It was truly a joy getting outside of oneself, working as a team, mutually encouraging one another, and helping others with no expectations in return. This is what adds meaning and purpose to your life and the life of others. The Love and Good Will was evident in how team members worked with one another, played with children, rendered care and compassion, and enjoyed one another at the end of the day. The daily Devotions helped focus our minds and hearts each morning to the Ultimate source of Goodness in God from which we get our motivation and sustenance for Missions like this. I believe God was honored, children were blessed, and we were inspired to greater purpose and service in and through the Love of Jesus. What a Blessing! I have personally been inspired to want to learn, grow, and give more to be a greater blessing to others in the future.”

Welcome to LEAP, Dr. Orten, and thank you for blessing us and our mission of service to these beautiful children in the world. We will look forward to your traveling with us again!