Due to the shortage and limitations of having access to medical specialist who are experienced in perfoming reparative surgeries here in Guatemala, we have only affiliated with renowned surgeons from abroad who specialize in cleft lip and palate repair. Over the years we have fostered amazing relationships with caring and passionate medical teams whose standards of providing quality services was their utmost standard level of care.
Every year Tess Unlimited organizes an average of one week of surgery per month. An intensive week in which the fruits of our promotion and the milk project are reaped. We arrange transport for patients and their parents from all areas in Guatemala. They stay all week in our own hospital, where we provide before and after care and doctors are available at all times to intervene in case of emergency. For example, Tess Unlimited is able to help between 400 and 500 underprivileged children each year with a free surgery on their lip and/or palate, in a safe and cost-effective way. An impactful event for both the child and the parents, who in this way get a new chance at a bright future.
Since its foundation in 2008, Tess Unlimited has helped over 25000 children born with cleft. After the first surgery in which the lip is closed, a second surgery for closing the palate follows if necessary. The costs per surgery are $450 per child.