Free Surgeries For The Uninsured in Southern Colorado

By: Jason Aubry Email
By: Jason Aubry Email

Twenty-nine southern Colorado residents will go under the knife on Saturday, and none of them will pay a dime for it. Their routine surgeries are a being given to them free of charge as part of the Third Annual Surgical Day of Giving.

This year, five doctors, two anesthesiologists, a host of nurses and 40 surgical technology students from Colorado Technical University are volunteering their time.

Unlike prior years, patients were chosen through doctor referrals, instead of public screenings. This saved time and insured the patients had a medical problem that could be fixed given the limitations on resources such as appropriate doctors.

There is a drawback, however, to choosing patients this way. Some who are uninsured may not have seen a doctor about their problem, and therefore could not be referred.

Still, much like previous years, a large number of patients were found and will benefit from the operations. "We're removing gall bladders, we're fixing bi-lateral hernias, we're working on ears of different individuals. So they are not easy procedures but they are procedures the person can go home the same day from," says Cameron Allen, a member of the Board of Executives for International Surgical Missions.

It was several years ago, on an ISM trip to Mexico that the idea for the Day of Surgical Giving was conceived. Because the town the doctors were in reminded them so much of Pueblo, and because of the level of support they've received over the years from southern Colorado, they were determined to give back to the community they're from in addition to serving people in need in foreign countries.

Allen says, it's far more expensive to operate a Day of Surgical Giving here in the U.S. than it is to operate in foreign countries. Still, he says, the smiles and thanks he gets here makes it worth it.

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  • by Troy Location: COS on Oct 8, 2010 at 04:46 PM
    Misty, never post your personal phone number on a website... ...ever.
  • by Cspnat Location: colo sprs on Oct 8, 2010 at 07:26 AM
    Healthcare should be a right for all not of privileged! Jesus never asked for an Insurance card or payment. I don't understand how lawyers and lobbyists can tell a Doctor (who has taken an oath), who he can treat.Having said that I want to thank these people for taking their time to do this.It gives me hope...
  • by misty Location: pueblo colo on Oct 7, 2010 at 09:27 PM
    Is this for any surgrey that needs to done and where is it done at please call me at 7196968190
  • by misty Location: pueblo colo on Oct 7, 2010 at 09:27 PM
    Is this for any surgrey that needs to done and where is it done at please call me at 7196968190
  • by Erin S. Location: Security on Oct 7, 2010 at 08:32 PM
    Because it would just be totally horrible for everyone to be able to take advantage of medical care if they need it. No no, much better to rely on charity. I mean, what says "Christian Values" or "human kindness" like telling people their only hope of getting needed medical care is to hope they get lucky enough to be one of the 29 out of however many people applied, and probably twice that many that couldn't get a referral because they don't even have that much access to healthcare. Gestures like this don't fill me with hope or warm fuzzies. They disgust me... because they only exist as a symptom of the greed infecting this country.
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