University Health and Fresh Start are accepting applications for pediatric reconstructive surgeries

University Health is looking to help children who need reconstructive surgeries. We are collaborating with Fresh Start Surgical Gifts to provide these surgeries during the weekend of June 24 and 25. This special Surgery Weekend event is for infants, children and teens with physical and cosmetic deformities who are in need of reconstructive surgery and related medical care. There is no cost to the patient or their families for the qualifying applicants to receive these life-changing surgeries.

Dr. Ian Mitchell, surgeon in chief of pediatrics with University Health and UT Health San Antonio, will lead Surgery Weekend. The team welcomes applications for pediatric patients with needs from their heads to their toes. Types of surgeries include cleft lip and palate, eye and soft tissue surgeries, and laser procedures for scarring or skin conditions such as port wine stains and birthmarks, and even interventional radiology procedures for vascular malformations.

As a Level I trauma center for adults and children, it is easy to see how this special opportunity aligns with University Health’s commitment to healing. Our health care experts are ready to serve pediatric patients in our community with high quality, compassionate care as we provide reconstructive surgeries during Surgery Weekend.

"There are children out there who need surgeries and procedures that don't have the right insurance, or live in the wrong place, or they don't have the resources to get them," Mitchell said. "The Surgery Weekend team can help make profound changes in children's lives by getting them the care they need here in San Antonio. With the right start in life, their potential could be limitless."

Email for more information or visit the Fresh Start Surgical Gifts website to apply for this special opportunity.

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