Abigail was born with syndactyly (fused fingers) on both of her hands. If Abigail had been born in the United States, the condition would have been treated with a fairly routine surgery and she would go on to lead a normal life. But Abigail wasn’t born in the United States; she was born in Bolivia, the poorest country in South America, a country with only three hand surgeons. Abigail was destined to live a life of hardships and ridicule, just like her mother, Yovanna, who also suffers from syndactlyly.
Fortunately for Abigail, her story has a happy ending – or more accurately – a happy beginning. At the tender age of 21 months, the ReSurge surgical team freed Abigail’s fingers during a recent clinic in La Paz. That procedure was one of 100,000 free surgeries ReSurge International has performed.
Each of the 100,000 surgeries has helped a young child or adult move
away from a life of disability and estrangement to a life filled with possibility,
engagement and productivity. It’s a large number; one worthy of
Dr. Donald Laub, our founder, performed the first surgery back in 1969. When Dr. Laub treated Antonio, who was born with a cleft lip, he couldn’t possibly imagine the movement he inspired. Forty-four years, 99,999 surgeries and thousands of medical partners and volunteers later, ReSurge International continues to change lives and impact communities.