By: Benita Zahn
Dr. David Foyt spends his days bringing sound to those who are deaf or hard of hearing. People like 12 year old Aidan Burns.- He wears two cochlear implants thanks to the surgical technique of Dr. Foyt.
When a friend asked about the implants he replied:
"I told him it's magic."
A three year old in Nepal is soon to enjoy that same magic.
Dr. Foyt is traveling to that country - and in his carry on luggage - a cochlear implant and 5 bone anchored hearing aids - bahas- another type of implantable hearing aid.
He'll be accompanied by a medical resident from Albany Medical College who got a grant to join him.
Together they'll perform the 6 surgeries and teach a class, all in the span of 2 weeks at the Tribuvan Teaching Hospital.
"So they have facilities. They have an operating room but we are also going to be bringing a lot of our own equipment."
This is Dr. Foyt's first ever medical mission - a project that took root years ago when he was a medical student but took shape 2 years ago. He got the implantable devices and special medical equipment donated and raised other money needed to do the surgery: it's a labor of love.
"It's an incredibly impoverished area. Uh and the people, the Sherpas are absolutely wonderful, loving people"
Dr. Foyt tells me the patients have been carefully screened- they range in age from 3 to 50.
Dr. Foyt leaves on August 17th. He's doing this project as part of the not for profit he founded a decade ago,
the CHILDREN'S HEARING FOUNDATION.