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Children’s Surgery International and our volunteers are often featured in the news and other current events media. Articles recognizing the work of CSI have been featured in both Twin Cities and overseas publications.

January 21, 2015

Edina couple looking forward to a fourth medical mission with Children’s Surgery International.

[...] About one in 1,000 children is born with a cleft lip or palate. But in some parts of the world, these babies are shunned — not only by society, but by their own blood. “In some cultures, they’re thought of as monsters or demons.

Many of these kids are abandoned by their families,” said Dr. Dan Sampson, an Edina resident and associate chief of surgery at Minneapolis Children’s Hospital.

CSI Announces New Site: Vietnam
November 2014

A small team of CSI volunteers completed a site visit and inspection in Vietnam in September 2014. They traveled from Ho Chi Minh City to Quy Nhon, and onto Hanoi. Thanks to a collaborative arrangement with International Pediatrics Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam (IPSAC), the team was able to visit seven hospitals. The group determined that the medical and surgical needs are significant, and a wonderful opportunity for CSI team members to work alongside local medical professionals to serve children in the region. A CSI mission trip to Provincial Hospital in Quy Nhon, Vietnam is planned for September 2015.

November 2014

Children's Surgery International | GiveMN The Great MN Give Together is again upon us! Join us and help us reach our goal to raise $15,000.

This year CSI will contribute all proceeds from Give to the Max Day to help fund medical and nutritional supplies for the rapidly growing number of Liberian orphans. While CSI is unable to travel to Liberia this fall, we are committed to reaching out to help the people of Liberia in a meaningful, effective, and timely way during this crisis. 

This is your chance to make a difference in Liberia right now, when it really counts. Schedule your Give to the Max Day donation November 1-13, 2014

August 4, 2014

As alarm grows over the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, families in Minnesota’s large Liberian community are scrambling for plane tickets and visas to get relatives out of the stricken zone and at least two Twin Cities churches have canceled mission trips intended to deliver medical and other aid to Liberia.

July 28, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is having an impact on some health organizations here in the Twin Cities.

The nonprofit group Children’s Surgery Internationalhas canceled a trip to Liberia because of the outbreak.

Laura Stege-Koppel, a nurse with Children’s Hospital in Minnesota, volunteers for the group, which does medical mission trips in West Africa.

July 25, 2014

About 25 doctors and nurses from around the Twin Cities are canceling a medical mission trip to Liberia in the fall due to the threat of Ebola. As a result, as many as 200 kids will miss out on life-changing surgeries.

Spring 2012

Although the Randall siblings live on different sides of the United States, three of them manage to get together every year or so—sometimes at destinations with no electricity or running water but plenty of hustle and bustle. But that’s nothing new for Children’s Surgery International (CSI) volunteers.

May 2011

Lora Stege Koppel gave a great presentation at the weekly Cumberland Kiwanis meeting.

April 2011

Jennifer Malaret, who traveled to Liberia with CSI in January 2011, writes about her experience as a volunteer on the mission. Malaret traveled as part of our new Partner's Program, a volunteer tourism opportunity offering participants the experience of seeing a different culture in a very unique way.

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