Missions

Missions performed before the Summer of 2009 (that is, before the Baeza, Ecuador 2009 Mission) were from the same regular group of volunteers who work with Destination: Hope.  From the Baeza, Ecuador 2009 Mission and beyond, all missions are formally under the funding and organization direction of Destination: Hope

Tarlac, Philippines 2014

Tarlac, Philippines 2014In 2014 our team went to Tarlac, Philippines with surgeons Dr. Mosser, Dr. Vasisht and Dr. Redtfeldt. This was a unique mission in that most of our patients had both cleft lip and cleft palate issues, as well as extensive deformities of the nose from their condition. Therefore, we needed multiple surgeries under the same anesthesia during the mission. We were able to perform about 45 procedures on 25 patients during the week-long mission.

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Pangasinan, Philippines 2013

Pangasinan, Philippines 2013During the 2013 mission trip to Pangasinan, Philippines, Drs. Mosser, Momeni, Vasisht performed 39 surgeries ranging from burns, to hand deformities, to cleft and lip surgeries to the removal of tumors. We were even able to get one of our former mission patients (from Bayambong, Philippines in 2009) to travel to the Pangasinan mission site to have a second stage surgery to further correct her cleft lip and palate deformity.

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Occidental Mindoro, Philippines 2012

Occidental Mindoro, Philippines 2012In another collaborated mission with the Philippine Medical Society of Northern California, Dr. Mosser led a medical mission with Dr. Vasisht and Dr. Momeni to San Jose, Occidental Mindoro in the Philippines in January, 2012. Over a 1-week period, 49 procedures were performed total on 39 patients. Again, there was a great focus on cleft lip and palate cases, but our team managed to perform a large number of burn scar reconstructive procedures, to allow children who had been previously burned to once again be able to move their arms, legs and hands.

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Phan Rang, Vietnam 2011

Phan Rang, Vietnam 2011In January 2011, Dr. Mosser was fortunate to travel to Phan Rang, Vietnam to assist with ReSurge International’s latest medical mission. Dr. Mosser was sent as a Destination: Hope Plastic Surgeon Volunteer, attending ReSurge’s organized medical mission trip.

Over a 14-day period, two plastic surgeons performed 122 procedures on 79 patients, including cleft lip and palate surgeries, extra thumb removals, burn reconstruction surgery, and severe eyelid droop in children (which occurs occasionally as a birth defect).

This was not only a highly successful mission because two weeks allowed for more than twice the usual work to be performed, but it was a great chance to work with a long-standing respected medical mission group such as ReSurge.

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Baeza, Ecuador 2009

Baeza, Ecuador 2009In 2009, Destination: Hope traveled to Baeza Ecuador, on its first official medical mission as an entity.  Baeza is in eastern Ecuador just at the entryway to the Amazon Basin. There were two plastic surgeons, and along with one otolaryngologist, we treated 52 patients in all.

The primary surgeries undertaken were cleft lip, cleft palate repair, andmicrotia repair. A “microtia repair” is a procedure which involves the creation of a new external ear for patients that are not born with one, or who are only born with a small piece (called a ‘remnant’) of an ear.  It can be a multi-stage process, but the most critical part of surgery is inserting an artificial framework to create a structure for the outer ear.  We performed 6 such procedures on people without normal ear anatomy.

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Bayambong, Philippines 2009

Bayambong, Philippines 2009The third medical mission trip Dr. Mosser led to the Philippines was in 2009, in which one other surgeon (Dr. Bhupesh Vasisht) and Dr. Mosser treated 26 patients, nearly all with facial birth defects.

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Davao, Philippines 2008

Davao, Philippines 2008In January of 2008, Dr. Mosser and Dr. Momeni returned to the Philippines, this time to the southern region, to once again provide reconstructive care to mostly children.  The number of patients treated was 37 in total, more than half of which were cleft lip and / or palate patients.

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Naga, Philippines 2007

Naga, Philippines 2007In January of 2008, Dr. Mosser and Dr. Momeni returned to the Philippines, this time to the southern region, to once again provide reconstructive care to mostly children.  The number of patients treated was 37 in total, more than half of which were cleft lip and / or palate patients.

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