IEP & Dollies Making A Difference in Nambia

Madison Pribyl and Dr. Wing Ip
Post from Wing Ip, who is traveling on her third mission with IEP and her first to Namibia.
Surgery is two-fold, comprising the work of the surgeon followed by the work of the patient. For the patient, it takes a lot of bravery and determination to go through a life-changing surgery that will enable them to walk again, to be able to go to school and participate in their community.

Therefore, International Extremity Project is happy to announce that for our upcoming trip to Namibia, we have formed a partnership with Dollies Making A Difference, a wonderful non-profit community of women who create hand-made dollies and bears to those in need.

We are honored to be ambassadors for Dollies Making A Difference. And we're excited to hand-deliver bundles of joy and love to our patients. I know they will find comfort in having them during their recovery.

Recovery can be grueling, especially patients who may be bed-bound for weeks and lose even more of their independence while their body heals. Unfortunately, because surgery is not without risks, many of our patients experience trepidation that the results may not unfold as planned. So yes, there is a lot of work by the patient, physically, emotionally, and mentally. And in the case of children, even more so.

Last weekend, most of the California-based IEP team gathered to organize and pack supplies for the upcoming trip. We're bringing along the dolls and bears in preparation for our 9,000-mile journey to Namibia.


  1. My name is Pelagia, Orthopaedic technonlogist at Windhoek Central hospital..YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME! You are doing a great job...Thank u.I know that you have a very tight schedule but I was so hoping that your team could make time to meet us ...the Orthotists/ Prosthetists in Windhoek Central Hospital.

  2. Thank you! We have a very busy schedule at Katutura Intermediate Hospital and we're a very small team (six surgeons and two nurses). I will talk to the team tomorrow and see if there is any time in the schedule.

  3. That will be great... We cannt wait to meet your team.


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