September 26, 2008
Kenmore Mercy Hospital is helping to make a difference in a young Peruvian woman’s life by donating a much needed skin graft surgery that would be unattainable in her homeland.
Yolanda Quispe Mamanj, 22 years old, was burned as a child when she suffered an epileptic seizure and fell into a large fire pit in her hometown of Julica, Peru. She sustained life threatening burn injuries to her face, neck and chest.
On September 29, Dr. Jeffrey Meilman and a team of doctors, nurses, and technicians from Kenmore Mercy will perform extensive surgery on Mamanj, removing scar tissue and resurfacing the effected areas with new skin grafts.
“Our mission is to serve those in need and we are happy to be able to help young women like Yolanda, who might not otherwise have access to this type of care in their homeland,” said Mary Hoffman, President & CEO of Kenmore Mercy Hospital.
The surgery is made possible by donations from Dr. Meilman, Kenmore Mercy Hospital and the Hope for Tomorrow Foundation – a local charity founded by Dr. Meilman more than 10 years ago.
The Foundation helps children and young adults in medically underserved countries throughout the world and right here in Western New York who receive needed surgery to correct facial deformities and other physical conditions caused by birth defects or injuries. During the past decade, the organization, which had been recognized by Pope John Paul II for its charitable work, has helped more than 2,000 children and young adults from around the world.