Category Archives: Mission Program

Haiti: Seven Years of Hope and Healing

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Dr. Craig Hobar in Haiti after the earthquake

It has been 7 years since the devastating earthquake hit Haiti. Its epicenter was a mere 16 miles from the capital city of Port-au-Prince. Hundreds of thousands lost their lives, and those who survived lost nearly everything else.

On Day 4 after the quake, accompanied by Drs. Ale and Ian Mitchell, LEAP Founder Dr. Craig Hobar worked around the clock, amputating gangrenous limbs and repairing facial injuries of victims pulled from the rubble in Port-au-Prince.

LEAP then sent rotating surgical teams for 6 months, during which time we developed a close partnership with locally based Hopital Espoir and saw the extreme need for continued surgical care beyond our disaster relief efforts.

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Shout for Joy

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sat-12-31joy3Sweet Cerys shouts for joy in Harare Children’s Hospital, where we not only offer surgical assistance but also education and training to healthcare providers based there. The joyful nature of the children in Zimbabwe is truly something to behold and inspires our teams to keep working hard, despite the long hours.

Dominican Republic: Franchesca

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pch-franchescafranchescaOur relationship with Franchesca began in 1998 when LEAP Founder and Medical Director Dr. Craig Hobar performed a bilateral cleft lip repair for her as a baby while on a surgical mission to the Dominican Republic.

By monitoring her progress and providing age-appropriate surgeries over the past 18 years, we are able to give her the best possible care as she grows and develops into a confident young woman.

pch-franchesca-2016On our recent September mission to the D.R., Dr. Hobar performed a cleft nasal revision and palate repair, which included a bone graft from her hip. This surgery gave Franchesca a more natural looking lip and nose and will allow for future dental implants.

We so cherish the opportunity to watch Franchesca grow up as part of our LEAP family and help her reach special milestones through continued surgical care.

Spread the Love

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sat-12-10-love3Children are drawn to LEAP Founder Dr. Craig Hobar in really amazing ways. They seem to be both calmed yet in awe in his presence. Perhaps it’s the deep love he has for all people–especially children needing some form of healing. He’ll tell you he’s inspired by the perfect love of Christ–a lovely reminder for this Christmas season.

 

 

 

Haiti: Construction Team Highlights (1/5)

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img_7351We wanted to share a special series this week about the extraordinary accomplishment of our volunteer construction team, led by long-time supporters Janet and Pat Ortega. After several months of planning, they very quietly traveled to Haiti on September 11 to build an Emergency Room with an Operating Room and Recovery Room, along with a new Outpatient Clinic, in only 14 days at our host hospital, Hopital Espoir. This was all completed to honor Robin and Dr. Craig Hobar for their 25 years of humanitarian service, an honorary award and gift given to them by Ellen and Clayton Kershaw.  
 
img_7350Our seasoned construction team that traveled with the Ortegas included Jim Andrews, Harry Steed, and Dustin Warren. 
 
In order for the project to start smoothly, the hospital staff had to clear out a significant area of the hospital located under the Pediatric Ward, which was built largely by the same team in 2014. This was a major undertaking by the hospital with pre-planning by Janet and Pat, but all was ready whenever our team arrived.  

Haiti Team Nurses

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Circulator Co-Lead Charlie Lin, RN

Circulator Co-Lead Charlie Lin, RN

LEAP’s mission trip to Haiti is next week! Our nurse leadership team includes: Circulator Co-Leads John Faulkner, RN and Charlie Lin, RN and Recovery Lead Lori Allen, RN. They will work together to provide exceptional leadership and nursing care for our patients.

We are particularly thankful to our nurse leads who prepare and pack medical supplies to travel with our team. This allows us to be best prepared in the mission field and is a critical element to the overall team.

Over the last five years, LEAP has traveled biannually to Port-au-Prince to provide hope, help and healing to the beautiful children of Haiti. We are blessed by our wonderful local partners who work tirelessly to help facilitate our mission of service.

Haiti Surgical Team

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img_6818LEAP’s mission trip to Haiti is just around the corner! In the plastic surgery operating room will be LEAP Founder and Medical Director Dr. Craig Hobar, Dr. Steve Orten, and ENT Dr. John McClay. In the second operating room, pediatric urologist and LEAP Board Member Dr. Clanton Harrison and pediatric urology fellow Dr. Adam Kern, who is new to LEAP, will work together to provide exceptional surgical care.

We are thankful to these humanitarian surgeons and to our other medical volunteers who give their time and talents to selflessly serve these children in need. Over the last five years, LEAP has traveled biannually to Port-au-Prince to provide hope, help and healing to the beautiful children of Haiti. We are blessed by our wonderful local partners who work tirelessly to help facilitate our mission of service.

Haiti Anesthesia Team

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Dr. Latha Kampalath (right) with Dr. Pooja Dalsania (left)

Dr. Latha Kampalath (right) with Dr. Pooja Dalsania (left)

LEAP’s mission trip to Haiti is just around the corner! Leading our anesthesia team is pediatric anesthesiologist Dr. Latha Kampalath. Also on the anesthesia team are seasoned LEAPer Phuong Luong and anesthesia fellow Dr. Danielle Claypool, who will be traveling with LEAP for the very first time.

To each of these humanitarian anesthesia providers and to our other medical volunteers who give their time and talents to selflessly serve these children in need, we are most grateful.

Over the last five years, LEAP has traveled biannually to Port-au-Prince to provide hope, help and healing to the beautiful children of Haiti. We are blessed by our wonderful local partners who work tirelessly to help facilitate our mission of service.

25th Anniversary Gala: A Legacy of Love, A Future of Hope (5/6)

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img_7411To close the evening’s program, Dr. Eric Payne (pictured) introduced a stunningly beautiful video of a patient named Tenaka whom he cared for in Zimbabwe while serving as a team leader in June. For all that makes this story so special — vulnerability, transformation, gratitude — these qualities are seen in nearly every patient that LEAP serves. Dr. Payne beautifully stated this is what makes surgical mission work so rewarding.

Thank you, Eric, for your leadership and for sharing our work in Zimbabwe at the Gala. Stay tuned for this video that we will share with you in the near future!

25th Anniversary Gala: A Legacy of Love, A Future of Hope (3/6)

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L to R: Ann Higginbottom, Dr. Craig Hobar, Robin Hobar, Landmark recipient Li Ying, and her mother, Mrs. Jin

L to R: Ann Higginbottom, Dr. Craig Hobar, Robin Hobar, Landmark recipient Li Ying, and her mother, Mrs. Jin

Ann Higginbottom, Executive Director of Kershaw’s Challenge, shared with the 400 Gala attendees that the humanitarian award given to Robin and Craig Hobar was a gift by her family members, Ellen and Clayton Kershaw. The Kershaws wanted to honor the Hobars and their outstanding commitment to helping children receive free surgical care in the most remote regions of the world by funding an Emergency Room at our host hospital in Haiti, which also included a new Operating Room, Recovery Room, and 2,500 square foot new Outpatient Clinic.

Originally, all had anticipated this award as a future project; however, after several months of planning, our very hard-working construction team, led by longtime LEAP supporters Janet and Pat Ortega, flew to Haiti in September and worked tirelessly to complete the construction portion of the project just in time for the Gala. By the time the team travels in early November, the project will be fully completed!