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January 17, 2016

There are no summer vacations at ICSF. July and August saw ICSF treat 58 children, all free of charge, in the countries of The Philippines and Vietnam, respectively. The July mission to Kabankalan, Philippines was a follow-up mission to take care of leftover children who came to ICSF’s February mission but could not be accommodated due to the extra large turnout.

September 06, 2015

Maria Jose Tager did not know if what she was looking for existed. As the head of International Relations for the Pediatric Foundation of Guatemala, she wanted to find a volunteer organization that would come to Guatemala and not just perform free surgery but do so with great care and precision — and take care of the patients as they healed after surgery.

September 06, 2015

In April, when ICSF completed one of its largest missions to date, serving 56 children in the Philippine Province of Zamboanga Del Norte, no one knew it would end up in the annals of the provincial parliament.

September 06, 2015

A Tale of Two Rosemaries

The first Rosemarie was 11-year-old Rosemarie Alcuernon. When I first saw her she looked like she had been extracted from a subterranean dump. Her hair was tattered and hanging partially over her face, although it did not hide her permanent scowl.

April 29, 2015

Early after ICSF began serving in the Philippines in 2006, Dr. Williams and his American colleagues began recruiting and training Filipino health professionals.

April 29, 2015

December, January, February, and March saw ICSF serve surgical missions to the Philippines cities of Ozamis, Cebu, Kabankalan, and Dipolog.

April 29, 2015

Xyrene, the Internet Baby

Jenilyn did not want her baby, Xyrene, to be a number. Xyrene had been born with a complete cleft lip and palate and needed surgery—but not by just anyone, concluded the young mother.

February 09, 2015

Congenital Amniotic Band Syndrome of the face is a very rare condition, occurring in less than one out of 500,000 live births. But figures didn’t mean anything to Shelon’s mother and father. Their son was born with a horrible deformity, and they were devastated.

February 02, 2015

Bolivia was one of the first countries served by the newly-created ICSF in early 2006. Eighteen Bolivian missions later, Dr. Williams recounts, “LaPaz is so high in elevation that I have always had a little trouble sleeping at nights due to the lower oxygen levels.

December 14, 2014

Little Worlds

“You can’t change the world,” said my doctor friend in 2004, after I told him of my plans to leave all medical practice in the U.S. for the developing world. My friend had uttered these words in an effort to convince me that giving up my plastic surgery career in the U.S. would not be in my best interest.

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