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Successful Mission Operation Restore Hope 2017: the last day

Following his last operation, the plastic surgeon Jeffrey Fairley, takes a taxi directly to the International Airport in Manila to catch his flight home. On Sunday he returns to work in Abu Dhabi.

All other surgeons, nurses and helpers together with the team from ASK foundation busy themselves with their final cleanup: all equiopment has to be left in pristine condition, medications have to be sorted and counted and consumables packed away. The operating theatre must be left in it's original state prior to the mission.

The day after...

The first results can be seen. During the ward round in the morning the children who underwent surgery the previous day are seen. Each patient still has some residual pain (which is treated) but the changes to the face are dramatic and the best present the international team could provide them with! The parents are overjoyed.

In some of the cases sequential operations will be necessary so the children are booked for the following year in order to provide the optimum result.

2017 Mission Operation Restore Hope

2017 Mission Operation Restore Hope (ORH) New Zealand and Germany in cooperation with ASK Foundation Inc and Ospital ng Paranaque
Drs. Tristan de Chalain (NZ), Christopher Wachsmuth (Germany), ORH Mission Directors lead a team of 29 volunteers from New Zealand, Germany, Abu Dhabi, United Kingdom, Australia, USA, and the Philippines on  10th to 18th of March 2017.   They devote their voluntary time and expertise in the operation and care of children and adults with cleft lip and palate deformities at ORH host hospital, Ospital ng Paranaque (OSPAR) in Paranaque City, Philippines.


The young boy whom we visited in his home, was operated on today by Dr. Tristan De Chalain. In a procedure lasting 60 minutes his cleft lip was closed.

As Kyle Cholo is only 14 months old the chances of the lip healing well, and his being able to return to a normal development, are very high.


Launch of Operation Restore Hope 2017
Another year has passed: doctors from New Zealand, Germany and Australia leave their daily routine at home behind them to provide help for needy children from the Philippines. From 10 - 18 March volunteers gather in Manila, together with 35 highly specialised colleagues to take part in the international initiative, Operation Restore Hope ( ORH). They will be donating their skills and time to operate on children afflicted with cleft lip and palate.


Setting up the operating theatre
Whilst screeing is ongoing, theatre sisters and anaesthesia technicans were busy with setting up the theatre for the coming week. All forms of equipment were brought to Manila by the team members: anaesthesia machines, surgical instruments, dressings, syringes, needles, and all other necessary consumables. This year we will operate using 3 tables, a recovery area from which patients are discharged to the wards once stable, and an administration room.

Philippines-New Zealand Business Council

p>Dear PNZBC Members

Operation Restore Hope's New Zealand Team is in Manila this week for its 19th Medical Mission. Yesterday, 12 March (Sunday), the PNZBC, together with Zesto Corporation provided drinks for 300 patients, parents and medical staff at the Ospital ng Paranaque. Patients will be undergoing surgery within the week through the help of doctors from New Zealand and Germany-headed by New Zealand Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Tristan De Chalain. Special thanks to PNZBC Member and ORH NZ mission coordinator Hector Gonzalez for having the Council assist on-site and to PNZBC Member, Zesto Corporation for the drinks.

Ewa Strick

ewa-strickTowards the end of my Anaesthesia training in New Zealand, I spent 18 months in Gasgow UK covering some general adult Anaesthesia, as well as a stint at Yorkhill Children's Hospital.

On my return to New Zealand 10 years ago, I took up a Consultant Anaesthetist position in Hamilton, working as one of six (now eight) Paediatric Anaesthetists in a Department of more than 40 Consultants. My practice involves approximately 50:50 adult:paediatric patients. My main interests include ENT, General and neonatal Paediatric surgery and Paediatric Plastic surgery. I feel honoured to be part of another ORH mission to the Philippines this year and am looking forward to it immensely.

2017 mission dates

19th Year of Medical Mission to Philippines
ORH NZ and Germany to Manila, March 2017
Host Hospital: Ospital ng Paranaque, Manila, Philippines
Volunteers arrival in Manila: 10 or 11 Mar 2017 /Friday/Saturday
Final Hospital Screening Day:  12 Mar 2017 Sunday
Operating Days:  13 to 17 Mar 2017/Monday
Manila Departure: 18 Mar 2017/Saturday

A generous donation from Columba at Ascot

Columba at Ascot have generously donated a fully equipped Penlon Anaesthetic machine to ORHNZ for use in their annual surgical missions to the Philippines. The machine will shortly be crated up for shipping to Manila. This will be of enormous benefit to our team in Manila as the current machines are almost beyond repair. We salute Columba for their open-handed generosity.

2016 Mission to Manila - the first day of surgery...

The first day of surgery

The team met at 5:30am and boarded the bus for the hospital. Despite leaving early, there is already traffic and the journey there take 1,5 hrs. The hospital staff had done a great job in preparing the theatres so that operating could begin punctually at 7-30. During surgery, as much work as possible is done but some children need not only one, but two or more, staged operations to repair their defects.