“What Dr. Hamdan and Global Smile do is marvelous,” said Amdur, who serves on the GSF advisory board and has volunteered on a mission to Beirut. “These children are treated by the world’s best surgeons,” which means most patients will require only one to three surgeries. “All of the professionals volunteer their time and contribute to their own travel expenses.”
A ‘labor of love’
“Everyone involved is there as a labor of love,” Amdur continued, “and if you see the impact that these surgeries have on children; it’s remarkable. Many of these children with cleft palates would not survive without these surgeries due to nutritional deficiencies and emotional trauma. These surgeries are life- saving.”
“Medline employees have joined us in Lebanon, Ecuador and Peru,” said Dr. Hamdan, a retired professor and surgeon from Harvard and Tufts universities. During a typical mission trip, the organization treats up to 166 patients and conducts up to 133 surgical procedures with volunteer surgeons, orthodontists, nurses, speech therapists, and other professionals from the most prominent children’s hospitals in the world. Medline volunteers aid with logistics, note taking, and clinician, patient and family support before and after the surgeries.