Plastic surgeon forgoes riches to fix kids' faces across globe
Rebecca Boone | The Associated Press
November 27, 2008
The turning point came during a group trip to Vietnam in 1999. A child was turned away because it was the medical team's last day in the country -- a day that had been scheduled for sightseeing and shopping.
Williams stayed and reconstructed the child's face. Hospital administrators quietly asked him to come back on his own.
He did, making trips to more countries on his own dime. He created the International Children's Surgical Foundation in December 2005 to raise money so his work could continue when his savings ran dry. The foundation now manages to bring in just enough donations to stay in the black, covering Williams' airfare, hospital fees and a few other travel incidentals.
I love hearing about people who have truly altruist values. What a contrast to those who are all me, me, me. Very uplifting!