Farmington Hills, MI (November 19, 2007)--- Botsford Hospital podiatric resident, Angela Stoutenburg, D.P.M., recently returned from a podiatric medical mission to El Salvador. The mission, called the Baja Project for Crippled Children, brings podiatric foot and ankle surgeons together to help correct pediatric congenital deformities.
During the trip, Dr. Stoutenburg treated patients with cerebral palsy, clubfoot, marfans disease and post-traumatic arthritis. The ages of the patients ranged from 2 to 54 years old, with the majority of patients being children.
This is not the first medical mission that Dr. Stoutenburg attended. In March, she traveled to Guatemala with 21 other Botsford physicians and volunteers to treat more than 3,200 men, women and children. Dr. Stoutenburg says, "I have always had a strong interest in helping those who are less fortunate, especially children. It is the most rewarding and fulfilling feeling to have just one child smile, hear them giggle or give you a hug."
Dr. Stoutenburg wasn't the only one from Botsford to help these children. She was happy to deliver 40 blankets, bracelets and beanie babies donated by the Botsford Quilters for Kids.
What's Dr. Stoutenburg planning next? "I'm looking forward to attending the Baja Project in Honduras in January with other Botsford physicians."
Botsford Hospital, an independent, acute care, 330-bed community hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., was founded in 1965. Nationally recognized for quality, safety and medical education programs, Botsford has received the 2006 Governor�s Award of Excellence for Improving Care in the Hospital Setting (for treatment of heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia) and a three-year recertification as a Chest Pain Center. Botsford also provides a regional campus for the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Botsford�s Web address is www.botsford.org.
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