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 40 cleft lip and palate surgeries performed.
Cleft lip and palates are among the most common birth defects 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 performed 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. Families often do not have access to healthcare or the financial means to travel outside the country to receive surgical care.
Interplast South has provided cleft lip and palate surgeries to the underserved population of Honduras since 1969. 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 spent several years at University of Florida training residents and leading the Craniofacial Clinic. She is now in Private Practice in Florida and dedicates her free time to serving as the President of Interplast South and the children of Honduras.
Dr. Seagle led the Interplast South Mission for several years. He is now a retired Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon who dedicated much time and energy to Interplast South. He trained many Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons at University of Florida and dedicated his career to the Craniofacial Clinic and children with cleft lip and palate.
Dr. Allee is a Board Certified Pediatric Anesthesiologist who has functioned as the Chief Anesthesiologist of Interplast South since 2017. She currently practices in Bradenton, Florida.
Paige is the Chief Administrator of Interplast South. She has been a dedicated member since 2019. Her organizational skills and compassion make her a phenomenal member of the Interplast South Team.
“Liz” currently works as a Nurse Anesthetist at AdventHealth. She is also an administrator for Interplast South. She has been a member of the team since 2012 and she possesses a breadth of clinical and administrative skills.
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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