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In March 2019 I will be joining a team of medics and heading off to Ethiopia for the fourth time.
Over a 2 week period a team of surgeons will be operating on a number of children and young adults with facial disfigurements caused by anything from animal attacks and burns to tumours and noma’s. We work closely with our Ethiopian colleagues and friends sharing our expert knowledge and skills, educating and teaching them and all the time building on our already strong working relationship.
This year I will be leading the nursing team for the two week surgical phase, caring for patients pre and post surgery as well as nursing them during their recovery period. I will then stay for a further two weeks for the first part of the post op phase where the patients continue their journey focusing on rehabilitation and wound management.
Without surgery, these patients can be ostracised for the way they look and consequently face a lifetime of social exclusion, be denied the opportunity to marry or the chance at education, not to mention the day to day pain and malnutrition from the inability to eat and drink properly, and the sheer lack of medical support.
Please help me raise £2500 fundraising target help to support my four weeks in Ethiopia, working with this amazing team for this amazing cause. Your kind donations are hugely appreciated and will help change many lives :-)
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