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Team Interplast UK Kumi 2018 arrive home today 23rd December after a very rewarding mission. Nurse Louise Newman writes:
49 operations/procedures and 111 patients screened in 5 days. Thank you to everyone involved who made it possible for the patients (Elspeth, Harriet, Paul, Olivia, Dr Robert) and all the staff at Kumi Hospital who continue to look after the patuents and looked after us so well, we are so grateful! Scholastica Amuron you are our Christmas angel doing the graft checks, thank you!
The visit to KIRF Community Hospital, Jatlan, Mirpur in Azad Kashmir took place from 11th to 25th November. Best wishes to Mr Viva and team for safe journey home and we look forward to hearing all about the mission.
Mr Charles Viva and the small team (3 from England and 2 from Kumi Hospital in Uganda) have now left Maridi in South Sudan. It is good to know that all are safe and well and we look forward to receiving their report. The mission took place from 3rd to 12th October 2017 . This mission came about because of a heartfelt plea from a lady teaching English in Maridi. Her message to us is shown below – I am sure you will agree that this is a community in great need. More news will be posted as it becomes available. Our thanks to Louise Newman (second on the left) for the fabulous photographs!
Dear Interplast . Please we need help.I live in Maridi, South Sudan teaching English. In September 2015 there was a tanker petrol explosion which happened when hundreds of people were surrounding it trying to siphon it. over 160 people died. We are left with 175 patients needing further medical help. Please will you email me as the suffering is still great.
Congratulations to our runners – well done! Over £1,000 has been raised and Gift Aid will bring in another £250+. A magnificent effort that is much appreciated by Interplast UK.
We are pleased to report the successful completion of our third mission this year – a return to Kumi Hospital in Uganda. A report is now available!
Mr Charles Viva and Mr Javed Majid (one of the trustees of Interplast UK) were interviewed on ITV Tyne Tees about the recent mission to Pakistan – here is a link to the interview:
A North East surgeon has just returned from Pakistan, where he's been transforming the lives of people with facial disfigurements. Charles Viva, who worked at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, has been making annual trips to South Asia for forty years.He helps families who can't afford to pay for operations themselves. He and his friend, Teesside businessman Javed Majid take teams of volunteer medics from our region and throughout the world. They came into the studio to talk with Pam & Ian:
Posted by ITV Tyne Tees on Tuesday, 18 October 2016
We are glad to say that our team are now home safely from Pakistan. Around 140 patients were operated on – that is 140 lives changed for the better! Interplast UK would like to express our grateful thanks to the team for their hard work and dedication; the family, friends and colleagues of team members for sparing them for two weeks and to all of our supporters whose generous giving enables enable us to do this work.