In the 1960s, Antonio, a 13-year-old boy from Mexicali, Mexico, was being
raised by his grandmother, living apart from his parents and six siblings.
He was isolated because of his disfigurement. Antonio had never attended
school, and rarely had opportunities for social interactions.
In the late 1960s, doctors from Stanford University Medical Center donated
their time to help him and repaired his cleft lip and palate. After his surgery,
Antonio was finally permitted to attend school in Mexico and performed very
well. His success and the meaningful—and almost instantaneous—changes
in his life gave our founder, Dr. Donald Laub, the inspiration to help others
through reconstructive plastic surgery. Since that time, ReSurge has provided 95,000 free
surgeries around the world.