Healing The Children Northeast provides medical and dental services to children throughout the world who lack medical and financial resources. Sixteen chapters are located across the United States and work together to provide services to children, both domestically and abroad. Healing the Children Northeast is a Connecticut based non-profit organization founded in 1985. At the end of 2019 our Northeast Chapter has provided services to 58,293 children through our three programs.
Our Medical Teams Abroad Program reaches across national boundaries to provide our world’s children with desperately needed medical care. We arrange teams of volunteer doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, and other medical professionals to go to less developed countries where they provide medical treatments and surgeries for children in need. Our trips have been to India, Guatemala, Ecuador, Colombia, Nicaragua, Peru, Thailand, Bolivia, Honduras, and Brazil to name a few. In 2019 we provided services to 1,570 children and performed 2,705 procedures. From it’s inception in 1985 to the end of 2019 this program alone has provided services to 54,895 children and young adults.
During 2019 our Medical Teams Abroad Program sent out 12 teams consisting of Facial Plastic, Cleft Lip and Palate, Microtia (Ear), Otolaryngology, Speech Pathology, Burn and Dental Specialties. These teams traveled to Bolivia, Colombia, Peru and Ethiopia. 191 team members traveled with us this year of which 58 were new members.
2019 – breakdown of children treated by specialty:
Burn – 122
Speech – 317
Dental – 654
The total value of services donated in-kind for all specialties was valued at $4,864,516
Donated medical supplies brought on all of these trips were valued at in-kind $468,509
Speech Teams provided educational workshops and training valued at $70,180
191 team members traveled to 4 countries during 2019 and 58 of our members were new this year.
Our International Inbound Program brought in one child from Colombia to the U.S. who was treated at the NIH in Maryland. We also supplied 350 children of the reindeer herders in Mongolia with vitamins. Total value of services provided for this program was $2,000,115.
Our Domestic Kids Program was also in effect this year. We assisted 580 local children by providing financial assistance for educational scholarships, medical treatment for two children, and participated in a summer lunch feeding program for one week feeding 575 children. Total value of services $8,180.
Examples of what we provide: Facial Plastics/Maxillofacial surgery, cleft lip and palate/microtia (ear), Speech Pathology, Burn and hand reconstruction, dental services such as extractions, minor oral surgery, filings, hygiene and education.
Our Cleft Teams treat cleft lip and palate deformities which are two types of birth defects that occur during the early stages of pregnancy. When the nose, lip, palate and jaw are supposed to fuse but fail to do so, results in a deformity known as a cleft lip or palate. The cleft lip is a gap in between the nose and mouth, while the cleft palate is a huge fissure on the roof of the mouth. This deformity can make eating, drinking, speaking and in some cases breathing difficult.
Millions of children where we travel go untreated and live in isolation. Cleft surgery is simple and the results are life altering.
Did you know that a cleft lip/palate surgery for one child costs $250.00.
Disposable supplies cost as little as $10.00 per surgery
Surgical Blades cost as little as $25.00 per surgery
Sutures cost as little as $50.00 per surgery
Instruments cost as little as $100.00 per surgery
*For as little as $20.83 per month you could support one child’s cleft repair.
The International Inbound Program brings children from developing countries to the United States where we match the needs of the child with a volunteer doctor and/or hospital with that specialty. We arrange for travel to the U.S., as well as visas for the child and parent. A volunteer host family is found who will open their home for the child and parent while the child is receiving medical treatment in the U.S.
In 2019 our International Inbound Program brought in one child from Colombia. Sadly, that child did not survive.
The Domestic Kids Program provides medical treatment and assistance to children in our local communities who are unable to get these services due to a lack of financial resources. We have arranged for children to receive services such as dental, eye care and glasses, hearing screening and hearing aids, medical, and surgical care, medical equipment/ apparatus, prescription medications, physical therapy, speech therapy, etc.
In 2019 our Domestic Kids Program helped 580 children in the Northeast Region of the U.S.
As part of our Domestic Kids Program, we helped Baylee obtain medical treatment at Shriners Hospital, Boston, MA through the help of Dr. WIlliam (Jay) Austen, who provided surgery.
Here is a letter from Baylee’s Mom who was so grateful for our help:
Dr Austen and Healing the Children Northeast changed my daughters future by performing the ear otoplasty. She had a cupped ear on one side which we believe was from having severe torticollis as an infant. Many of the facial asymmetry and her flat spots on her head she outgrew but her ear was still noticeable. Without their help we would not have been able to afford the surgery for her. She is a twin and her twin sisters ear did not have any issues and they’re at an age where they start to notice differences. We were concerned that as she got older other people may compare her to her twin sister or point out the differences in her ears. Dr Austen was incredibly kind and he went above and beyond to ensure that my daughter and I were both comfortable and that all of our questions were answered. He has amazing bedside manner and was joking around with my daughter which helped put her at ease. I could not recommend another organization and doctor more, our entire experience was wonderful from start to finish! My daughter is so much more confident with her ear, and actually enjoys wearing her hair up now! Thank you again so much, for everything,
Pictures before and after surgery:
Healing the Children Northeast relies heavily on donations to help children. The need is great and each day, more and more parents turn to us to help their children, around the corner and around the world, one child at a time.