In only her second time traveling to Haiti, St. Brendan junior Alexandra “Lexi” Thaller has been humbled by what she has seen.
In late January, Lexi flew to Port-au-Prince, Haiti with her dad, Dr. Seth Thaller, Chief of Plastic Surgery – UM/Jackson, and a team of doctors. The team consisted of plastic surgeons, general surgeons, anesthesiologist, nurses and residents from
Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and community under the auspices of Project Medishare. During the fourday trip the team of doctors and nurses performed 28 surgical procedures to treat young patients with cleft palates and lips.
Lexi was given the opportunity to work with the parents and patients before, during, and after the medical procedures. During the span of the four days she gave support to parents, documented patient information, observed surgical procedures, and helped the nurses in post-op.
“It was amazing to me to see the facilities that my dad and other doctors have to work in. They are decades behind what we have here in the United States,” she said.
“Traveling to Haiti has been a life-changing experience for me. I have come to the realization that I would like to work in a profession where I can be of help to people” Lexi added.
While at this moment in time Lexi has no plans to follow in her father’s career path of becoming a plastic surgeon, she does have the desire to become a teacher or pediatric nurse to help young children.