Bolivia Update

Cynthia Cooper, MFA, MA, OTR/L , CHT,  was selected by the American Society for  Surgery of the Hand to go to La Paz, Bolivia, on a volunteer medical trip. The team of 17 people included hand surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and one other certified hand therapist. The team performed hand surgery and hand therapy on approximately 100 patients in a two-week period. All the patients were people who could not afford health care and who would not otherwise have received these services. Many  of the patients were children. Some had congenital hand problems. Others had been burned. And some had been injured in accidents. The sponsoring organizations were ReSurge International and the Touching Hands Project, which is affiliated with the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Cynthia describes her trip as an experience of a lifetime and one that she will never forget.

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