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.
It is with great sadness that we share the news that Dr. James Sidman has passed away. Dr. Sidman was integral to CSI. In addition to his service as a surgical trip volunteer, Jim helped build the team of craniofacial surgeons and medical professionals that CSI depends on for our teaching missions. Dr. Sidman also served on the board of directors, helping chart our path and focus our efforts toward capacity-building and sustainability. His influence on our staff and volunteers was profound, and his wisdom and passion for this work will continue to guide us. This fall Ethiopia team members dedicated their trip to Dr. Sidman. Their focused service to help our partners in Ethiopia build skills and capacity to serve their community is just the sort of approach that Dr. Sidman inspired us to value. He will be deeply missed.
Harbel, Margibi County –Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has hailed Children’s Surgery International (CSI) for their successful surgical mission that transformed the lives of more than 60 Liberian children at the Firestone Medical Center in Harbel, Margibi County.
Vice President Boakai referred to CSI as a “great partner”, noting without such organizations it is difficult for the nation to achieve all it plans to do. Read more.
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.
More at Star Tribune.
CSI Announces New Site: Vietnam
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.
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.
More at Star Tribune.
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.
More at CBS News.
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.
More at BYU Magazine.