Young Bolivian National to Receive Donated Surgery at Kenmore Mercy Hospital

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January 27, 2010

Kenmore Mercy Hospital is helping to make a difference in a young Bolivian woman’s life by donating much needed plastic surgery to repair a severely scarred and contracted neck injury. The surgery is scheduled for Friday, January 29 at 8 a.m.

Friday morning, Jeffrey Meilman, MD, plastic surgeon, and a team of doctors, nurses and technicians from Kenmore Mercy, will perform extensive surgery on Jeanneth Blanca Rojas Paucara, 23 years old. Paucara sustained disabling injuries in a fire in her home country. She currently is unable to lift her head or extend her arms. During the four-hour surgery, Dr. Meilman will remove scar tissue and resurface the area with skin grafts.

Jeanneth Blanca Rojas Paucara awaits surgery.
Jeanneth Blanca Rojas Paucara awaits surgery.

“Our mission is to serve those in need and we are happy to be able to help people like Jeanneth, who might not otherwise have access to this type of care in their homeland,” said James Millard, 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.