By Talia Kaplan
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A St. Louis doctor who has devoted his life to helping children just returned from a mission in Nicaragua.
Dr. David Molter, an Otolaryngologist or Ear, Nose, and Throat Doctor at St. Louis Children's Hospital recently traveled to Nicaragua with a team of American doctors as part of the "Mayflower Medical Outreach."
This was his twelfth trip there in a little more than a decade.
He recently returned from a ten day stay where he treated twenty children and performed ten surgeries.
Nicaragua is considered one of the poorest countries in Central America so Dr. Molter feels it is important to help the children who otherwise would not get the proper care.
He also helped build and create a school there seven years ago.
"We went to Nicaragua doing medical screening and as an ear, Nose, and Throat surgeon one of the things that we worked with was fitting hearing aids but we found that there was a group of children whose hearing loss was so significant that we really couldn't meet their needs with a hearing aid alone so we needed to teach them sign language and teach them life skills and so we started a school for the deaf," said Dr. Molter.
He also teaches doctors in Nicaragua so they can continue practicing once he leaves the country.
Dr. Molter says his work is far from over.
"This is a life project," said Dr. Molter.
For more information on donating to Molter's mission, which he pays for entirely out of his own pocket, visit MMONicaragua.org or call 405-773-9930. You can also reach the Mayflower Medical Outreach by mail: P.O. Box 75449 Oklahoma City, OK 73147.