The Mission of Operation Airway is to make life changing airway reconstructive surgery and post operative care available to all children who can not breathe or speak on their own
The Operation Airway Fund at Massachusetts Eye and Ear was created in 2011 to help take care of children all over the world with a variety of breathing problems. The first goal of this initiative is to carry out surgical procedures to restore and rebuild children’s airways so that they can be free of tracheotomy tubes and can breathe, speak and swallow on their own. Without these surgeries, these children would not be able to “live normal lives.” With these surgeries, these children get a second chance, and can mainstream back into their local communities.
The second goal of these missions extends beyond the individual surgeries, and aims to teach the local doctors and health care professionals to work together to treat such patients independently. It is only through teamwork between expert professionals that complex surgical procedures can be carried out successfully. Our group consists of pediatric otolaryngologists, anesthesiologists, pediatric intensive care unit doctors and pediatric nurses. Our goal is to pair each of us with our local practitioner so that they learn the role they will play in the health care team to provide the safest and highest quality care for the children they treat.
Our team performs surgery on children who have tracheotomies due to vocal chord paralysis, subglottic stenosis, tracheal stenosis, as well as a host of congenital and acquired problems. Each child is evaluated by a multi-disciplinary team preoperatively as well as postoperatively.
Donations to the Operation Airway Fund are tax deductible.