Somewhere in a tiny town within the Sinaloa, Mexico region a little girl is walking and running around without pain and embarrassment thanks to a volunteer she knows little about -- Dr. Nancy Kaplan of Napa. Accompanied by her mother, the little girl entered a LIGA International clinic earlier this month with a sixth toe on one foot. Kaplan surgically removed it, giving the 7-year-old the ability to stride forward in life without an unsightly disfigurement.
Several times a year Kaplan provides volunteer medical care as part of LIGA (The Flying Doctors of Mercy), a non-profit founded in the 1930s. On her most recent trip this month, Kaplan performed surgery on the little girl and treated foot ailments common to people living and working outdoors in poor, rural villages -- hammertoes, bunions, calluses, plantar fasciitis, and other conditions.