The purpose, of course was helping children and others who had suffered from these facial deformities since birth. With ten operating tables we were able to repair 233 patients in the five days we did surgery. Other days were devoted to setting up and screening hundreds of patients. It was incredibly hard work for our surgical teams (plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, Operating Room Nurses (me)) and the other volunteer members that are needed to make it a success, like pediatricians, recovery and floor nurses, speech therapist, dentist, medical records, photographers.
The group of about 60 volunteers were from many countries besides USA, including Egypt, Ireland, Sweden, Honduras, Paraguay, Columbia, Peru, Spain, Australia and Canada. An international effort to aid desperately impoverished folks without a chance at the surgical care they need. Most we saw came from very distant tea plantations to the east. Assam state is north of Bangladesh, south of Nepal, and west of Burma.
I'll include some of the photos from the Medical Mission below: