San Pedro Sula

Visit to San Pedro Sula, Honduras

On April 16, 2012, EARTHSPEAK joined its surgical partner, Interplast South, to address speech needs in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

On the first day of the visit 110 children were seen for speech review and surgery management in the beautiful, newly opened surgial suites of the Burn Unit built by the Ruth Paz Foundation. The accommodations were modern and well equipped, with plenty of room for effective teamwork.

Silvia (San Pedro Sula, Honduras)

She came in for evaluation, head down, lacking confidence but filled with hope that maybe these people who came from America might be able to help her speak. Silvia was born with a cleft lip and palate. She was unable to have either birth defect corrected until she was in late childhood. It was not until she was 11 years of age that she found a visiting Interplast surgical team from the U.S. and could get these defects corrected. By that time the pattern of social rejection and debilitating speech was well established.

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