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Father Once Believed That All “Charities are a Scam,” Now Transformed Into Giving Back

Beverly Hills, CA – January 20, 2011 – Surgical Friends Foundation, a non profit charity which provides reconstructive surgery and post-operative care to individuals living with physical deformities who do not have access to quality medical care will be preforming a ptosis surgery on Viviana Facundo a four year old girl from Houston, TX.


This surgery will repair and possibly save her eyesight. “Viviana suffers from congenital ptosis, also known as droopy eyelid and if she does not have this surgery the result would be permanent blurred vision and possibly blindness in the affected eye. While the healthcare debate continues in our country, there are immediate needs all over the world similar to Viviana”s,” said Dr. Kami Parsa, a founder of Surgical Friends Foundation and the surgeon to perform Viviana’s surgery.

Viviana first came to the attention of the Surgical Friends Foundation when Gerardo Facundo, Viviana’s father completed an online application for patient consideration. Facundo says, “I never believed in charities, I’ve always believed that they were a scam. I thought the money people sent in never reached the kids or people they claimed to be trying to help. So you can imagine how surprised and happy I was when I received the news that Surgical Friends Foundation would take my daughter’s case.”

“When I lost my job and our family’s healthcare, I didn’t hold much hope that my daughter would be helped. I am relieved that the Surgical Friends team will prevent her from having permanent blurred vision in her right eye or even blindness, and that she will be able to live more normally as other kids her age. Words cannot describe my joy, relief, and gratitude,” said Facundo.

Dr. Kami Parsa Just finished Viviana's surgery. She is doing great.

Facundo goes on to say that, “Once I get back on my feet I plan to donate a portion of my income to Surgical Friends and other charities so that more kids in need can have the same opportunity as Viviana.”

The surgery will be preformed in Beverly Hills, on March 4, 2011

About Surgical Friends Foundation
Founded in 2009 to provide free reconstructive surgery and post-operative care for those suffering from life threatening physical deformities, whether congenital, post traumatic or acquired in nature, and who lack monetary funds and access to quality care. Surgical Friends Foundation also teaches and mentors medical teams from developing countries on new life-saving surgical techniques. The Surgical Friends team provides surgical care both in the US and abroad. To make a donation to Surgical Friends Foundation and learn more please visit or call 310-562-3631

About Kami Parsa, M.D.
Dr. Kami Parsa is an oculoplastic and orbital reconstructive surgeon specializing in plastic and reconstructive surgery around the eyes and face. His practice is located in Beverly Hills, California. Dr. Parsa received his medical degree at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. He completed his residency training in Ophthalmology at USC, and his fellowship in Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, ranked the #1 eye hospital by U.S. News and World Report. Dr. Parsa is one of the co-founders of Surgical Friends Foundation.
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For more information or to set up an interview contact:

Anne Kelly, Surgical Friends Foundation, Director of Planning & Marketing, 310-486-0443,

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