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Renewing Lives since 1969: Now as ReSurge International

In the 1960s, plastic surgery was still evolving. For the first time ever, it was believed that plastic surgery could rehabilitate and reintegrate those who were outcasts because of deformities and disabilities. One man, Dr. Donald Laub of Stanford University, pioneered the idea that reconstructive plastic surgery could renew lives and restore hope. With that vision, Interplast (now ReSurge International) was born in 1969. It was the first organization of its kind.

Thousands of volunteers traveled overseas to help children. By 1979, 4,000 surgeries had been provided. Medical volunteers transformed lives by dedicating their time to Interplast, providing surgeries and training local doctors so that they could perform the surgeries on their own. As the developing world changed with the Internet and better infrastructure, we forged a bold new course, establishing permanent programs in 1999 where trusted local surgeons provide year-round care. By building surgical capacity and supporting local surgeons, twice as many patients are now receiving care annually.

Now 80 percent of our surgeries are performed by developing world surgeons with our oversight, training and support; it is our most efficient and cost-effective way to provide life-changing surgery. We also continually improve the quality of health care through education programs. Together with your help, we’ve provided more than 95,000 surgeries.

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