Live@Lanier program on reconstructive surgery for Palestinian children to take place Tuesday

Published 8:00 am Friday, January 11, 2019

The next Live@Lanier presentation, which takes place at noon on Tuesday, continues the library’s focus this month on the Middle East.

Bobby Silvers is a nurse anesthetist who now lives in Mill Spring. His previous work with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill hospitals took him on three medical mission trips to Cartagena, Colombia and eight trips to the West Bank of Palestine.

The medical team, organized by a surgeon at UNC hospitals, visited the West Bank, where Silvers provided anesthesia services for over 200, most of them reconstructive craniofacial procedures such as cleft lip and cleft palate repair on children as young as 3 months old. He also instructed anesthesia providers there in the anesthesia care of pediatric patients undergoing reconstructive procedures.

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He will discuss his medical team’s efforts to aid Palestinian children with craniofacial reconstructive surgery.

The public is invited to attend Tuesday’s free presentation at the Lanier Library, located at 72 Chestnut St., Tryon.  Those interested in learning more may contact the library at 828-859-9535.

– Submitted by Amber Keeran