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Rotary & Interplast – A Good News Story

Fifteen-year-old Rashmi dreams of being a doctor. When Interplast last met the Sri Lankan schoolgirl, she was busy studying for her Ordinary-Level examinations, undertaken in the final two years of high school.  

Aiming to enrol in a biology stream for her higher studies, Rashmi’s goal was to become a doctor, and help others, as she has been helped over so many years.   

Born with a congenital facial dysmorphic condition, Rashmi is certainly no stranger to the medical profession. Since her early childhood, the brave schoolgirl has undergone multiple reconstructive surgeries performed by local surgeons in Sri Lanka.

Rashmi’s mother Ruhi was told by another patient of the work of the Interplast team at the National Hospital in the country’s capital, Colombo.

Dropping her two siblings off at school early, Rashmi travelled with her mother Ruhi for the two-hour round trip from Kalutara in Sri Lanka’s Western Province, where the family lives, to reach Colombo’s National Hospital and meet the Interplast team.

For more information please contact your Interplast District Chair, or Interplast Rotary Coordinator, Janette Etherington, at

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