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Miss Oregon, A Former Refugee, Gives to Those in Need

by Barbara Agnew | Dec 05, 2013

(PORTLAND, ORE. - July 28, 2008) Danijela Krstic, Miss Oregon 2008 and a dental volunteer with Medical Teams International, will be at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center today working aboard a “dental van on wheels.” Krstic, along with a volunteer dentist and dental assistant, will provide care for 10 to 15 pregnant mothers, patients who otherwise would not receive treatment.

Miss Oregon 2008 has a unique understanding of the work Medical Teams International does around the world. A dental hygienist from Beaverton, Krstic fled her home country of Bosnia 10 years ago, a region torn-apart by civil war. It is also a destination for medical supplies from Medical Teams International.

A decade later, Krstic is now investing in the lives of Oregonians. The 24-year-old, who says growing up in war-torn Bosnia helped her to understand what it was like to not have basic needs met, is now ensuring that her neighbors will have what she didn’t.

Media: Miss Oregon 2008, Danijela Krstic, will volunteer with Medical Teams International’s dental clinic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., today, at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center’s Prenatal Care Clinic, 9340 SW Barnes Rd, Suite 102., Portland.

In 2006, Krstic also traveled with Medical Teams International to Nicaragua, where she provided dental care to hundreds of children.

Medical Teams International is a non-profit humanitarian relief and development agency that exists to demonstrate the love of Christ to people affected by disaster, conflict and poverty around the world. In its 29-year history, Medical Teams International has deployed more the 1,900 volunteer teams and shipped over $1 billion in antibiotics, surgical kits and lifesaving medicines to care for 35 million people in 100 countries. Ten Mobile Dental Clinic vans treat 16,000 patients each year in 39 Pacific Northwest counties.