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Tonmoy, a 13-year-old boy from Dhaka, was unable to raise his arms because of burns he received as a small boy. A few years ago, ReSurge surgeons restored his functionality. Now, he is back to living the life of “a normal boy,” as he puts it.
Formerly Interplast

Transforming Lives, Impacting the World as ReSurge International

From its beginnings nearly 45 years ago, Interplast (now ReSurge International) has been a pioneer in the field of reconstructive surgery—delivering an ever-expanding continuum of care to the poor in remote regions of the world. Today 100,000 free surgeries have been provided. Children and adults—and their families—have been profoundly changed by their contact with our organization.

We restore the health and dreams of children and adults with deformities and injuries—while improving the lives of those around them. In addition, we empower local doctors to increase year-round access to medical care in underserved areas. By expanding access and restoring more and more lives through surgery, we help reduce global suffering and poverty, as more people are able to go to school and back to work.

As we prepare for the next 45 years, we want to reaffirm our deep commitment to rebuilding lives through reconstructive surgery. So we’re celebrating this exciting moment in our evolution by announcing a new identity and name. In so doing, we can better share our mission of providing comprehensive reconstructive surgical care and meet the needs of children and adults in developing countries. We want to clearly identify ourselves as one of the only organizations that focuses on the full range of reconstructive surgery in the developing world.

ReSurge International speaks to the benefit of our work. Resurge literally means to rise again; in Spanish, it means to reappear. That’s what reconstructive surgery does for our patients. It restores their bodies so that they can rejoin their communities after being shunned for their disfigurements and disabilities. It renews their dreams of going to school and providing for their families. It rebuilds their futures and gives them a second chance for productive lives.

As we journey into our fifth decade of service and beyond, our charge remains the same: to restore function, renew dreams, resurge hope and rebuild futures. With your vital partnership, we can do even more to transform lives and impact the world. Interplast is now ReSurge International!

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Severe burns remain a neglected health crisis in developing countries, particularly among poor women and children. Learn more about the staggering scope and solutions.