San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Interplast South is a not-for-profit charity that finances two medical mission trips a year to Honduras with the support of donors, the Ruth Paz Foundation, Smile Train and volunteer team members. Our focus is to repair cleft lip and palate deformities.
Interplast South travels to San Pedro Sula, Honduras every year. Approximately 100 patients are seen a year and 30 cleft lip and palate surgeries performed.
Cleft lip and palates are among the most common birth defect of children born in Central America. They are an incomplete formation of the upper lip or roof of the mouth. A child can be born with one or both of the conditions. The repairs are done in stages. Lips are completed prior to palate surgeries.
Honduras is the second poorest country in Central America and one of the top ten poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere
Interplast South has provided cleft lip and palate surgeries to the underserved population of Honduras for over 30 years. One team of 14-19 U.S. medical professionals operates in San Pedro Sula, Honduras twice a year.
The Ruth Paz Foundation in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, has long been a resource and support for a team of plastic surgeons who have regularly made trips to San Pedro Sula to perform surgery on children in need of reconstructive surgery, primarily cleft lip and cleft palate surgery. The Foundation communicates with families of potential patients to announce the dates of Interplast South visits; provides local employees and volunteers to work with the medical team; makes local housing and meal arrangements. Since October 2011, the cleft surgeries have been performed in the new Ruth Paz Hospital for Burn Children and Pediatric Surgery.
The collaboration began in 1969 when Ruth Paz, the founder of the Foundation, worked with Dr. Donald Laub, a plastic surgeon at Stanford, and Dr. Luis Bueso in Honduras to arrange for teams to operate on children in San Pedro Sula. The early collaboration evolved into a relationship between Interplast, Inc. founded by Dr. Laub and Ruth Paz. The Ruth Paz Foundation was later recognized by the Honduras government in 1992.
In 1979, Interplast South, Inc. was formed as a separate, not-for-profit corporation. Interplast and Interplast South alternated making trips to San Pedro Sula for a number of years. In 2007 a transition began to move the administration of Interplast South, Inc. from Fort Lauderdale to Gainesville, Florida. That transition was completed in 2009.
Dr. Lentz is a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon who is subspecialized in Pediatrics. She currently practices at University of Florida within the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery where she is Co-director of the Craniofacial Clinic.
Dr. Seagle is a retired Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. He has dedicated countless hours toward Interplast South, and the mastery of caring for patients with clefts.
Dr White is a board certified pediatric anesthesiologist. She is dedicated to cleft work in Honduras. She has been a board member and clinical anesthsiologist with Interplast South for many years.
Liz is a nurse anesthetist at UF Health. She first joined the team in February 2014. She now coordinates the trip in conjunction with Dr. Lentz.
Mrs. Seagle, a retired executive, put her organizational skills to work in 2007 to computerize records for Interplast South, from patient records to inventories of medical supplies. She created procedures to guide new and returning team members through preparations for the trip, meetings, record keeping and interaction with new colleagues in Honduras.
Our medical professionals make a profound difference in the lives of children with cleft lips and palates. Volunteer to be part of our annual mission trip to Honduras.
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100% of donations are spent on materials and travel expenses for the mission. There are zero administrative costs. Thanks to our volunteers who donate their time and money - we can use all of our resources for our patients!
Interplast South, Inc. is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt, public charity and is eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable donations. Interplast South is registered with the Florida Division of Consumer Services (registration #CH35664). A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE OR OUT-OF-STATE (850-410-3800). REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.
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