First Successful Case:

October 2007: Our team of local physicians in Iraq and Afghanistan work in communities like the one pictured here. Hope.MD began with a single case of an Iraqi child who lived in such conditions and suffered severe disfiguring burns from an explosion. If left unrepaired his burns would prevent him from using his hands, and the loss of tissue put him at risk for overwhelming infection and death. He inspired a team of providers to explore the ways to connect children with specialty providers through the support of the global internet community.



A typical stretch of road in Shulla, Baghdad.


Thanks to the generosity of the Cincinnati Shriners Children's Hospital, our first child received reconstructive burn surgery and advanced antimicrobial therapy that not only saved his hands, but also resolved his life threatening bacterial infection. Each provider in his case was inextricably linked to a unique role in his care. From the translator at his bedside, to the securely armored transportation, to the surgeons in the operating room his care involved coordination across a spectrum of activities. The foundation for that effort, above all, was the inspiration that members of the global community brought to him through their contributions, well wishes, and efforts on his behalf.

It is our hope that his case can serve as a springboard for future cases that we can bring to life in these pages. And it is our hope that you will tell other friends you know about how you, personally, helped create a brighter future for a child in Iraq and Afghanistan.


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Additional Cases:

20 September 2008: Great News! Thanks to an overwhelming response from sponsors, Hope.MD has made several major breakthroughs. It took nearly a year to coordinate the process for our first child, and now in just a few months Hope.MD has helped ten more children. Just like in the Starfish Story more and more children are being helped as word spreads across the internet. Our first child was sponsored entirely by a small group of co-workers, and now almost a dozen children have received care through family and friends who joined the Foundation. Each time a sponsor emails the story of the Hope.MD Foundation to his friends, another generation of sponsors emerge to participate! Here is a photograph from a recent trip where ten children with debilitating eye disorders had their vision surgically restored:




Children and their guardians stand in a commercial airport en route to surgery to restore their vision.

Thanks to the efforts of the Johns Hopkins University ophthalmology surgical team, several NGO organizations, and dozens of sponsors these children can now see the world and a brighter future for their lives. Their care was coordinated in conjunction with several organizations including the National Iraqi Assistance Center, the Midwest Eye Banks, the Iraqi Children's Medical Initiative and physiciansforpeace.org, and University partners in Turkey. The Hope.MD Foundation participated as a subordinate organization to help facilitate funding and other logistical support elements.


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Additional Cases:


23 May 2009: Hope.MD set a new major milestone! To our knowledge, Dr. Lazareff and Dr. Van de Wiele are the first academic civilian specialists to have traveled inside Iraq to perform surgery on children in theatre. Together with local physicians they evaluated twenty eight children in clinic and fourteen surgical candidates who will benefit from their efforts with the UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital.





Dr. Lazareff and Dr. Van de Wiele evaluating children with various neurosurgical disorders in Iraq


Hope.MD is excited to continue a partnership with Dr. Lazareff, Dr. Van de Wiele, and their team at UCLA to help augment neurosurgical resources in theatre. Their tremendous dedication and courageous decisions have brightened the future for dozens of children. They worked hand in hand with local Iraqi experts who had first hand knowledge of existing resources and options for treatment. Together, they have blazed a trail for academic physicians from all corners of the world to collaborate and work to improve the lives of pediatric patients.


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Additional Cases:


June 2009: Thanks to Dr. Mitch Stotland and Dr. John Butterly from Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, a little girl named Fatima has a second chance on life. Fatima was injured in a gas explosion in her neighborhood that left her with extensive third degree burns. The burns were so severe they disfigured much of her torso and face, prevented her from using her hands, and limited her ability to eat food. In the interests of Fatima's privacy, and due to the graphic nature of her injuries, we have refrained from posting her photograph. She just successfully completed treatments that now enable her to eat food and use her hands normally again. She returned to her family in Iraq after months of extensive treatment that was made possible through the generosity of the Dartmouth community.

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Additional Cases:


August 2009: Thanks to Dr. John Persing from Yale University New Haven Hospital, a little boy in Afghanistan will have an opportunity to receive reconstructive burn surgery. While his case remains in the preliminary logistical phases, he represents the first child in Afghanistan to have benefited from the program. We look forward to posting further information on his progress as it becomes available!

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Future Cases:


Fall 2009: Surgeons from a number of leading Universities including Vanderbilt, University of Michigan, University of Virginia, and others have contacted the Hope.MD Foundation to discuss how they can arrange cases at their institutions. We look forward to cooperating with academic institutions through the international community as we work to expand the reach of our public initiatives. We hope we can fill this page with stories of lives that are forever changed by sponsors who help build a better world... one starfish at a time.

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