Jennifer Fieten, CCLS,
went to Durgapur, India as a volunteer for Operation Smile last August. She, along with numerous other volunteers ranging from surgeons to speech therapists, provided services for children, adolescents, and adults in need of cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries. Jennifer offered
preparation and procedural support for those requiring blood drawings during the screening process and provided preparation and pre-surgical play for the children on surgical days, often accompanying the children and teens to the Operating Theater. “It is an incredibly humbling experience to serve children and families in these underserved areas. During each mission, I find myself re-evaluating my own priorities, re-considering my perspectives on healthcare, and looking for ways to better advocate for those unable to advocate for acceptable healthcare for themselves.” To learn more about child life volunteer opportunities with Operation Smile, visit www.operationsmile.org
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