It was an extraordinary level of gratitude.
Melbourne, Florida (PRWEB) April 16, 2012
Dr. Ross Clevens, a facial plastic surgeon in Melbourne Florida is joining 4 other Melbourne area medical professionals on a mission trip to Tanzania Africa for Face of Change’s 2012 outreach program. The mission trip will send many medical professionals from several countries to Tanzania, in East Africa to provide free medical and surgical care for those in need. Dr. Clevens founded Face of Change in 2010 after working with another non-profit organization that provides support in Africa. Together, the organizations have grown to be able to provide two consecutive weeks of service with at least 50 volunteers each week.
Last April, when Face of Change was in Tanzania, Dr. Clevens describes an experience in which he performed a cleft lip repair on a young girl. “The child’s mother had walked for two days with her daughter, hoping that someone could repair the cleft lip.” Dr. Clevens reported. He performed the procedure and everything had gone smoothly. When he was leaving the hospital at the end of the day, he saw the little girls mother sitting up against a tree. She instantly recognized Dr. Clevens, jumped up and ran over to him then grabbed his hand and gave him a big hug, thanking him repeatedly. “It was an extraordinary level of gratitude”, Dr. Clevens said. For a girl or young woman in East African society, a deformity like hers is a burden on the entire family and could cost the girl her life. These are the types of scenarios that volunteers face on a daily basis, and is a major factor of why so many of the people that participate in the Outreach International mission trips, go back, year after year.
Dr. Clevens and company will be leaving again for Singida, Tanzania in April 2012, and staying for 10 days. They will continue on to Israel for another 5 days. It will be Dr. Clevens’ 4th trip to Africa in just two years. Their goal is to provide much needed medical services to the people in Singida and surrounding areas. Volunteers from Face of Change will be working with the physicians at Singida Regional Medical Center in central Tanzania, East Africa.
Face of Change is a non-profit organization founded by Dr. Ross Clevens, whose focus is providing facial procedures for poverty stricken children and families in East Africa and Israel. Dr. Clevens and volunteers spend several weeks each year in places that would otherwise have little or no access to medical care. Since the inception, Face of Change has been able to provide more than 250,000 meals for families in both Africa and at home in Brevard County, Florida.
Dr. Clevens was filmed talking about this incredible mission trip and can be seen here.
The Clevens Center for Facial Cosmetic Surgery specializes in state-of-the-art facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and has two offices in Melbourne and Suntree Florida.