I just wanted to tell you about a project I am involved in. In February I will be part of team of docs and nurses who will travel to Nicaragua as part of “Operation Rainbow”. Check out http://www.operationrainbow.org Operation Rainbow is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to performing free orthopedic surgery for indigent children and young adults in developing countries worldwide who do not have access to related medical procedures or equipment. We aim to perform about 45 to 65 surgeries depending on their complexity and on the number of operating rooms available to us . In addition, will treat many patients (once as many as 500) on whom we do not operate. We will bring all the equipment, medications and consumable supplies.
This will be my first trip with this organization. One of my partners, Dr Taylor Smith, is a veteran of OP and has attended many of the trips to South America and Asia. The needs for orthopedic care in the countries served are tremendous and, without our efforts many young people are doomed to a limited life as an invalid. Operation Rainbow runs 7 to 9 missions per year. In 2009, they sent help to Nicaragua, Guatemala, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic. The teams usually consist of 30-35 professionals, including seasoned surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses for the OR’s and recovery, technicians, physical therapists, and translators.
The doctors are unpaid; they pay for their own airfare and local living expenses, and the other caregivers pay their living expenses (not their airfare). The entire team works for free and gives up vacation days to do so. Even so, each mission costs $25,000 to $30,000; that money covers mostly the airfare for the nurses and technicians, the transportation of equipment, and the medications and supplies we cannot get donated.
We are in need of additional funding and I am asking for your help. If you could spare a few dollars please go to operationrainbow.org to make a donation. Thank you for any help you may be able to provide.