SOURCE: The Doe Run Company

July 19, 2006 19:49 ET

Doe Run Peru, Rotaplast International Provide Free Surgeries to 130 Children in Peru

The "Smile in the Andes" Campaign Treats Children With Cleft Lips or Palates and Special Needs

ST. LOUIS, MO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 19, 2006 --For the third time in six years, Doe Run Peru, a subsidiary of The Doe Run Company, and Rotaplast International provided free surgeries to 130 Peruvian children. Through a campaign known as "Smile in the Andes," a medical team comprised of 30 surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, pediatricians, orthodontists and speech specialists treated children from up to 1,000 miles away. Doe Run Peru provided its company hospital, near La Oroya, home of Doe Run Peru's metallurgical complex, for the surgeries.

"These surgeries provide life-changing opportunities for children and young adults," explained Daniel Bronson, Rotaplast International's mission director for the team and special ambassador for Peru. "Over the past several years, Rotaplast teams have served at multiple sites in Peru, including Lima, Tacna and Huaraz and have treated nearly 1,000 children who suffer from cleft lips or palates and other facial, ear or hand deformities."

The surgeries, performed by the Rotaplast International medical team, are provided free of charge to the patients and their families. Doe Run Peru pays medical expenses related to the operation and recovery period and provides logistical support for the program. Doe Run Peru also covers travel expenses for the patient and a family member accompanying the minor.

"We're proud to be a part of the Smile in the Andes program," said Dr. Juan Carlos Huyhua, president and general manager of Doe Run Peru. "The combined efforts of Rotaplast International and their volunteers, the local La Oroya Rotary Club and our own employees and doctors give these children an opportunity for improved self-confidence."

Earlier this year, the Regional Bureau of Health and Doe Run staff began identifying candidates for surgery. The bureau conducted a rigorous selection process that included screening each candidate to ensure they met age, health and medical requirements.

"Each year is a new experience," continued Bronson. "This year we provided 151 surgeries to 130 children and young adults. While the majority of procedures is to correct cleft lip and palate deformities, this year doctors also performed several surgeries to help treat a 4-year-old boy with severe burn scars."

Rotaplast International has performed similar work across South America and around the world for almost 15 years.

Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral production, metals fabrication, recycling and reclamation. The company and its subsidiaries deliver products and services needed to provide power, protection and convenience through premium products and associated metals including lead, zinc, copper, gold and silver. As the operator of one of the world's only multi-metal facilities and the Americas' largest integrated lead producer, Doe Run employs more than 5,000 people, with U.S. operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona, and Peruvian operations in Cobriza and La Oroya. Committed to sustainable development, The Doe Run Company has helped bring electrical power, business training, educational opportunities and improved telecommunications to rural communities in Peru and the U.S. For more information, visit

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