· A 13 year old girl had congenitally fused fingers. She had seen many doctors trying to correct the deformity, but always, she was turned away. Dr. Jessee and her team changed that young girl’s life. Today, she has 4 separate fingers!
· A little girl named Genesis had a cyst near her eye. One of the doctors brought money, donated by friends, to send patients they can’t help into town. Genesis was going to see an ophthalmologist that Friday. Dr. Jessee took a picture and showed it to her. She seemed startled and scared of the phone. In their efforts to reassure her, they learned that she had never seen herself before ... EVER!
· Another small girl had a classic endometrioma. She too had seen many doctors without hope. After they removed the growth, the girl wanted to take it home with her (in a sandwich bag) to show her family. They had spent much money for trips to see doctors who could offer no help.
It’s difficult for the team as the trip draws near the end. There are so many more people who desperately need help. Dr. Jessee describes it this way, “Realizing you can't help everyone, you sometimes feel lost in the little things, the guilt of people begging you in a different language to help their sick child as you leave the village. They walk for hours and arrive before sun rise but still arrive too late to get a "golden ticket". We need more doctors and I'll try to recruit them this year.”
The mission doesn’t end when the team returns home. They’ve brought together a community of volunteers to help the people in Saint Teresa, Honduras. Patients and doctors donate cash, clothing, toys, toothbrushes/
About Tiffany Jessee, D.O., F.A.C.O.S.: Dr. Tiffany Jessee is one of the few Fellowship Trained Bariatric Surgeons in the state of Florida, having received additional highly specialized training in Bariatric surgery. She is also a Board Certified General Surgeon.
Dr. Jessee is the founder of Sun Coast Bariatrics and has been performing Bariatric surgery since 2002. In 2003, Dr. Jessee placed the first LAP-BAND® in Pinellas County. In 2010 she was the first bariatric surgeon in the world to place a LAP-BAND® with the single incision instrument called SPIDER and she completed the first Bariatric Robotic surgery in Pinellas County in November of 2013. Dr. Jessee continues to offer her patients both the LAP-BAND® and Realize™ Adjustable Gastric Banding systems as well as Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy.