Jennifer A. D’Amico, D.P.M., fellowship-trained podiatric surgeon at Litchfield Hills Orthopedic Associates, and a volunteer team of medical professionals recently provided free medical coverage for local adult and pediatric orthopedic patients in Nepal this April as part of a medical mission trip through the organization Healing the Children.
During the five-day mission trip, Dr. D’Amico and her team screened a total of 75 patients — 35 of whom were pediatric patients — and performed 25 surgeries in four days to treat some common conditions such as clubfoot, arthritis and flatfoot. Twelve medical professionals volunteered for this annual mission. To offer care and surgery free of cost to patients, donors and volunteers funded the cost of the travel and all medical and surgical expenses, including anesthesia services, medications, labs, imaging studies and other supplies.
Dr. D’Amico organized the support staff for this mission trip and serves as a Healing the Children chapter leader. Healing the Children is a charitable organization focused on helping underserved children around the world. The organization has 16 chapters nationwide and has been in existence for 39 years. Healing the Children and Dr. D’Amico’s team partnered with Nepal Orthopaedic Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal. As with previous Healing the Children missions, local doctors and surgeons were invited to observe and participate during evaluation and treatment to facilitate the exchange of expertise with local health providers.
“I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to bring my training and expertise to patients in need. This was my seventh trip with Healing the Children, and I have been honored to serve so many adult and pediatric foot and ankle patients through this organization,” says Dr. D’Amico. “This work is my love; to affect change in someone's life is an amazing gift. I consider it a privilege to treat patients, and I’m grateful to be able to share our American techniques and methods with doctors in other parts of the world while learning from other surgeons as well.”