July 22, 2014
Having a physical abnormality can be devastating -- especially for a child.
But surgeons and other medical professionals donated their time and skills to help kids with physical abnormalities Saturday.
As part of "Project New Hope," six kids went under the knife free of charge at St. Mary's hospital.
Organizers say their families might not otherwise be able to afford the surgeries or don't have insurance coverage.
One child being operated on, a 7-year-old boy, had surgery to make his ears less noticeable. He says other kids were making fun of him.
Kids are referred to the program by schools, clinics and other health organizations. Although Saturday was the program's tenth anniversary, the no-cost surgeries are performed throughout the year.
For more information, visit the St. Mary's Web site.