Cincinnati plastic surgeon to treat patients in Africa
CINCINNATI —A Cincinnati plastic surgeon who’s been helping men and women feel better about themselves for years is ready for a new challenge—
Published 6:39 PM EDT May 13, 2016
Next month, Dr. Jon Mendelsohn is heading to Africa. His patients are much younger and far sicker than anyone he helps here.
To learn more about these 12 children and the mission to help them, check out the Help Karama Kids Thrive GoFundMe account.
HIS PATIENTS ARE FAR YOUNGER AND FAR SICKER THAN ANYONE HERE. POUNDS AND WAS SEVERELY DEHYDRATED WHEN HE CAME TO THIS ORPHANAGE. HIS 11 BROTHERS AND SISTERS LOOK HEALTHY BUT THEY ARE SICK. ALL BUT ONE IS HIV-POSITIVE. COMES IN. THIS. >> HE LOST HIS UNCLE TO AIDS. HE MET A HYDE THAT SPENDS TWO MONTHS A YEAR IN TANZANIA AND ESSENTIALLY ADOPTED THESE VERY SICK KIDS. >> I JUST TURNED 50. I DON’T KNOW IF IT’S AGE OR FIGURING OUT WHAT LIFE IS ABOUT. >> THAT SEARCH FOR PURPOSE IS WHAT BROUGHT HIM TO AFRICA. , I THOUGHT THERE WAS SOMETHING MORE TO LIFE. SHEREE: THAT WAS MORE THAN 12 YEARS AGO. >> IT STARTED A LITTLE BIT AND GREW TO A LOT OF IT. SHEREE: 10 MONTHS OUT OF THE YEAR, SHE IS A SKYPE MOM. SHE IS CHANGING LIVES ONE AT A TIME. THEM A GREAT HOME TO LIVE. THAT THEY ARE ACTUALLY GIVEN HUG AND HAVE NUTRITIOUS FOOD. SHEREE: GOOD MEDICAL CARE. LIP. AND SHE SORT OF LAUGH THAT ME. WE WOULD BE DOING IT IN THEIR HOME. DOCTOR SAYS IS JUST THE BEGINNING. >> ANYTHING WE CAN DO TO RAISE AWARENESS IS REALLY WHAT MY GOAL IS. >> PRETTY SPECIAL PEOPLE THERE. HE LEAVES NEXT MONTH. WITH LIKE TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR THE KIDS AS WELL. WHEELCHAIR. CARRY HIM EVERYWHERE. THEY HAVE STARTED A GOFUNDME