Niamh Ryan, from Lattin, west Tipperary, is preparing for a life-changing trip to Ethiopia where she will be putting her medical experience to good use.
Niamh, who works in South Tipperary General Hospital has volunteered for Operation Smile Ireland on their upcoming surgical training rotation in the city Jimma where Operation Smile Ireland has helped train local health professionals in life-saving surgery. Operation Smile Ireland is a registered Irish charity and brings safe, sustainable treatment to children with facial deformities in the developing world. This will be Niamh’s 15th overseas mission with Operation Smile. “This will be my 5th trip to Ethopia,” says Niamh. “I am so looking forward to it. Not only will we be providing safe surgical cleft care to patients, we will be providing education and training to local healthcare professionals including final year surgical residents and nurses across the operating room, recovery room, pre and post op wards.”