ISMS Operation Kids


ISMS Operation Kids is the first of the ISMS chapters, started in 2008 by Colleen Hekemian, Cindy Steele MD, Stephanie Cohen MD and Kathleen O’Hara MD. Our team is comprised of volunteer medical professionals practicing in the fields of Plastic surgery, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, General Pediatrics, Hematology/ Oncology and Pediatric Anesthesia as well as a complete operating and recovery room staff.

Our first mission was in Marrakech, Morocco 2008. Our first patient was a 28 day old baby boy suffering from a severe cleft lip and cleft palate, he was born weighing 6 pounds but by the time we got there he was under 3 very weak and wasting away due to his facial deformity prohibiting him from receiving nutrition. Twelve hours later after an amazing surgery done by Dr. Stephanie Cohen our patient was successfully drinking from his bottle, his life saved…….. The look and tears of joy on his mothers face solidified our commitment to helping children in need.  Since then we have been able to save and change the lives of children in Peru, Egypt and Kenya.

In 2011 we expanded our team by adding Pediatricians, and Pediatric Nurse practitioners in order to create a mobile clinic. Our 2 missions to Kenya in 2011 and 2012 proved to us that a mobile clinic was in fact desperately needed. We were able to travel to remote villages and provide treatment, health screening, health education and disease prevention to over 800 patients.

It is our goal to relieve suffering and bring hope to those who feel forgotten. To share our knowledge with the local doctors, nurses and public health workers, so that they may improve their current practice. We do this with open hearts and healing hands while recognizing the value of diversity and the bonds we create by helping our fellow man.

Video: ISMS Operation Kids in Kenya – 2014

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The ISMS Operation Kids in Kenya treated over 500 children and 250 women. Follow their amazing mission in this beautiful video.

ISMS Operation Kids fundraising event

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ISMS Operation Kids mission in Kakamega, Kenya 2014

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Kenya Mission 2014 images
65 surgical cases.
Over 500 children seen and treated in pediatric mobile clinics.
Over 250 women screened and treated in our mobile maternal health clinics.

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ISMS Agnes Varis Mission in Guatemala

Please enjoy this video documenting the outstanding work of a group of doctors helping kids in Jalapa, Guatemala. This mission was made possible with the generous sponsorship by Agnes Varis.

ISMS Operation Kids Mission to Jalapa, Guatemala

ISMS Operation Kids
Mission 6 – Jalapa, Guatemala 2013

103 Surgeries completed with over 500 clinical patients seen and treated.

Photos by Gigi Stoll.

Triage Crowd - Waiting for a chance to be treated - Jalapa, Guatemala 2013

Triage Crowd – Waiting for a chance to be treated – Jalapa, Guatemala 2013

 

Little girl and ISMS OpKids Nurse giving a little TLC before surgery

Little girl and ISMS OpKids Nurse giving a little TLC before surgery

 

Baby waiting for cleft lip surgery

Baby waiting for cleft lip surgery

 

Young boy pre-surgical examination for correction of clubfoot

Young boy pre-surgical examination for correction of clubfoot

 

Young teenage girl with a large complex facial tumor, we are working on getting her transferred for care in the US

Young teenage girl with a large complex facial tumor,
we are working on getting her transferred for care in the US

 

Helping a little girl smile before surgery

Helping a little girl smile before surgery

 

ISMS OpKids Pediatrician John Walsh comforting one of our clinic patients

ISMS OpKids Pediatrician John Walsh comforting one of our clinic patients

 

Cuties at the Clinic, Monjas, Guatemala 2013

Cuties at the Clinic, Monjas, Guatemala 2013

 

Our photographer Gigi and the girls from Marta Y Maria Convent School

Our photographer Gigi and the girls from Marta Y Maria Convent School

 

note from a grateful patient

note from a grateful patient

 

Double Duty - Plastic OR

Double Duty – Plastic OR

 

ISMS OpKids Team - Pre-Surgery Preparation

ISMS OpKids Team – Pre-Surgery Preparation

 

Post Surgery - Grateful mother and son

Post Surgery – Grateful mother and son

 

Mission Complete - Team Portrait - Jalapa, Guatemala 2013

Mission Complete – Team Portrait – Jalapa, Guatemala 2013

 

 

Correcting disfigurement

ISMS Operation Kids – Kenya 2012

We rarely hear about many children suffering sever burns in the USA anymore, with all current building codes and precautions they rarely happen. Unfortunately, this is not the case for many  African countries and fires still claims many lives and destroy thousands others.