A global surgical expedition will change lives in Belize

Glen Allen, VA, May 15, 2022 — (PR.com) — A team of ten Global Surgical Expedition volunteers will travel to Belize City on Saturday, May 14 to perform more than 40 surgeries for urology and gynecology patients in this underserved country.

The week-long surgical mission will take place at Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and will include a full day of pre-screening consultations followed by four days of surgeries based on the most critical cases identified. Surgical procedures will be performed for conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence, urinary retention, bladder stones, and kidney cancer, among others.

The team volunteering their services for this trip includes Drs. David Rapp, Timothy Bradford, Erik Grossgold, Mark Stoltzfus and Mei Tuong. Additionally, Brooke Nelson, CRNA, Melissa Gillespie, RN, Keith Lenhard, RN, Michelle Little, PT, and Jeanice Mitchell, PT will work together to prioritize critical surgical and physical care for women and men in Belize.

“The impact of these otherwise standard procedures on the patients we care for as well as their families is constantly life-changing,” said Dr. Bradford, a urologist in Richmond, Va. “Thanks to the generosity of our donors as well as the team at Karl Heusner Hospital, Global Surgical Expedition is able to provide state-of-the-art surgical care in addition to bringing with us essential medical supplies and medications that allow us to perform otherwise inaccessible surgeries for these patients in Belize.

With only one urological care provider serving the country of Belize, there is limited expertise regarding various urological and gynecological conditions. Every $50 donation helps GSE fund another one of these life-changing procedures. For more information on the work the GSE team is doing in Belize, visit globalsurgicalexpedition.org or follow social media as the team embarks on this life-changing surgical mission.

Christine E. Phillips