In Nepal there is a sweet little girl named Subhana with a toothy smile and a special bright pink splint she wears on her left hand. Last year, Subhana sustained severe burns on her hands and arms, particularly on her left hand, when a fire broke out in the house. The physicians who initially treated her bandaged the wounds and splinted her hand, keeping it straight for six months.
Because of this, her hand became very stiff and she wasn't able to make a fist or use it for everyday activities.
It wasn't until she met Dr. Shankar Rai, the head of ReSurge's Surgical Outreach Program in Kathmandu, that she was able to get the surgical and therapeutic care she needed. Now, she is once again able to enjoy picking flowers and playing board games like she used to, and with the help of our dedicated medical partners and volunteers, she has a full and productive life ahead of her.
It is with stories like this in mind that we celebrate Labor Day today in the United States. During this time dedicated to recognizing workers' contributions to society, we are mindful of the thousands of people over our last 45 years who have been able to go to work or complete their schooling - and become productive members of their society - because of the reconstructive surgical care they have received through ReSurge.
Thanks to the support of people like you, approximately 9 million sick days are not taken because our patients are now able to go to work or school. This in turn helps the developing countries where we work recover more than $75 million in lost wages over the lifetimes of those patients who will now be able to work.