Poulsbo’s Dr. Michael Jungkeit Performs Free Surgery on Former Children of the Nations Employee

    Poulsbo, WA – August 8, 2011 – Doctor Michael Jungkeit, founder of North Kitsap Ear, Nose and Throat in Poulsbo, Washington, performed an eyelid surgery on former Children of the Nations (COTN) employee Edward Olara this week, free of charge. The procedure involved grafting a piece of skin from underneath Olara’s ear onto his left eyelid. Olara lost part of his eyelid in a car crash in Uganda in September 2006. He also suffered burns on his face and loss of vision in his left eye as a result of the accident. He plans to have a cornea transplant next year to restore his vision.

    Dr. Jungkeit, who founded North Kitsap Ear, Nose and Throat in 1996, has been a member of Children of the Nations’ Board of Directors since 2002. He travels annually to COTN’s medical clinic in the Dominican Republic to provide medical care to needy communities there. He focuses his trips on cleft lip and palate repair, general plastic and reconstructive surgery, and general otolaryngology. Dr. Jungkeit earned his medical degree from the University of California, Davis, in 1990 and is board certified in head and neck surgery, and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He also serves on the Elder Board at Silverdale Baptist Church in Silverdale, Washington.

    Olara, who currently lives in Kampala, Uganda, with his wife and their infant son, served in various positions with COTN’s ministry in Lira, Uganda, for three years. He still volunteers with COTN whenever possible. “My heart is still with COTN,” he says.

    Children of the Nations is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising children who transform nations. The organization currently serves in Sierra Leone, Malawi, Uganda, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Liberia, providing holistic care to orphaned and destitute children. For more information, visit www.cotni.org.

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    Pam Wright, Senior Director of Advancement
    Children of the Nations – USA
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