March 2009 Surgery Team

On March 21, 2009, the 12th surgery team arrived at the Mission of Hope hospital in Santa Cruz, Bolivia for a week of free surgeries. The team was led by Dr. Charles Gross, an ENT surgeon (ears, nose and throat) from the University of Virginia. He was joined by team members from Oregon, Michigan, Washington, Washington D.C., North Carolina, Tennessee, Florida and Virginia, who all came together to serve the poor in Bolivia. It was a week of great blessings for the 70 patients who were selected for surgery. The doctors were able to construct ears for children born without ears, remove tonsils that had caused painful infections, remove nasal obstructions, and patch holes in eardrums to end years of chronic infections.