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After surgery for a cleft lip, 13-year-old Antonio was finally permitted to attend school in Mexico. The changes in his life gave our founder the inspiration to help others.
Reconstructive Surgery

Reconstructive surgery can make the difference of a lifetime, often with just a few hours of surgery. The result is permanent, immediate and dramatic.

The lives of children with deformities improve, and as they do, so do the lives of their parents, who also were spurned because of the deformities of their children or could not work because someone had to stay home to care for their disfigured child. Men and women who were disabled because of tragic burns and other accidents are given a second chance through surgery and with it, the ability to work and support their families again. The impact continues to ripple through their communities and, indeed, through their countries, as more and more citizens are able to contribute to society.

From its beginnings in 1969, ReSurge International has been a pioneer in the field of reconstructive surgery, delivering an ever-expanding continuum of care to children and adults in some of the most remote regions of the world. Currently, more than 110,000 free surgeries have been provided. Children and adults—and their families—have been profoundly changed by their contact with our organization.

In developing countries, children with cleft lips and cleft palates are frequently shunned and denied an education. ReSurge has been working to repair their broken smiles for more than 40 years, providing tens of thousands of children and their parents hope for a renewed and transformed life. > more
Every 5 seconds someone is severely burned in a developing country—more than 10 million people annually. Burns are acutely tied to poverty. Half of the world still uses open fires for cooking, heating and/or lighting. In these households, disabling burns are prevalent. > more
ReSurge provides the full scope of comprehensive reconstructive plastic surgical care, helping as many patients as we can. However, hand surgeries are among the most important that can be offered in the developing world, as they renew one’s ability to provide for one’s self and family. > more
To ensure that our patients receive the safest and highest-quality medical care—even in the compromised conditions developing countries often face—ReSurge has developed rigorous quality assurance policies and protocols. > more
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