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New York Eye and Ear Infirmary Joins Mission to Kenya to Provide Medical and Surgical Care

Under the guidance of Stimson Schantz, MD, chief of head & neck surgery at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, and Nelson Co, CRNA, a team from International Surgical Mission Support (ISMS) will be traveling to southwestern Kenya to provide medical and surgical care in a remote village clinic for two weeks in October. The volunteer team of 24 providers includes surgeons, internists, nursing staff, and operating support personnel who will treat literally hundreds of patients for conditions such as head & neck cancer, thyroid goiter and myriad diseases endemic to the area.

The team will partner with the not-for-profit organization, Kenya Relief, which has established an orphanage and medical clinic in Migori, Kenya - a part of the world in which there is less than one surgeon per million citizens. The lack of medical resources means that many people never receive necessary care, resulting not only in loss of life but creating a large number of orphans. Desperate families travel hundreds of miles to attend the clinic despite no assurance that assistance will be available.

Last year, with only two surgeons, the Head & Neck team performed 35 operations during a four-day period. This year, participation and volunteerism has greatly expanded to four surgeons, a cardiologist, anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, recovery room nurses, and OR technicians who will exponentially increase the ability to save and transform lives.

All travel expenses, surgical supplies, and medicines will be obtained through philanthropic gifts.

How You Can Help

Attend our reception. A fund raising wine and cheese reception will be held at the Throckmorton Fine Art Gallery, 145 East 57th Street in Manhattan on Thursday, September 12, from 6 PM to 8 PM. Join the festivities and invite friends and colleagues. While providing much needed financial assistance to defray costs of the mission, participants at the reception will enjoy the current gallery showing of famous photographic portraits, such as notable photos of Abraham Lincoln by Matthew Brady, a 1930s portrait of Marlene Dietrich, and a 1946 portrait of Mahatma Gandhi . There is also be an auction of art donated to the reception. The Throckmorton Gallary is graciously hosting the evening pro bono.

A tax-deductible $65 contribution will be collected at the door, or you can reserve and pay in advance as well as make greatly appreciated donations online at Indicate financial support for "Operation Head & Neck".

Or make a donation directly to hospital's Development Office for the ENT Mission Support Fund.

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