Glenshaw Nonprofit Provides Vital Overseas Operations
Surgicorps has worked in 19 countries and performed more than 4,500 surgeries.
photo courtesy of surgicorps
A woman in Bhutan was horribly disfigured after an animal attack about 10 years ago. Through the help of a Glenshaw-based nonprofit organization, she since has undergone several operations to repair the damage and now is married with a child, living a normal life.
Surgicorps International (surgicorps.org) returns to Bhutan this month for its 76th medical mission. Founded in 1994 by now-retired plastic surgeon Jack Demos, Surgicorps and its all-volunteer crews provide free surgical services in the developing world, partnering with hospitals in host countries and returning to areas to provide ongoing care.
In Bhutan, Surgicorps established eye, dental and knee clinics (the latter was in high demand in the Himalayan country). The trip volunteers, both medical and nonmedical, are from all over the world, but Surgicorps regularly partners with Pittsburgh-area schools and organizations that provide school and medical supplies and other items for its missions. The organization has worked in 19 countries and performed more than 4,500 surgeries.