Abu Dhabi announces free surgeries for patients with co…

(MENAFN – Khaleej Times)

Posted: Fri Jun 17 2022, 8:41 PM

Patients with fissures are eligible for free surgeries over a three-day period at Healthpoint, Abu Dhabi, starting Saturday, July 18.

The initiative, titled Operation Smile UAE, will be carried out in cooperation with Healthpoint and the Abu Dhabi Department of Health.

To determine which patients are eligible for surgery, Operation Smile UAE held a screening session at Healthpoint where 24 patients were screened by a team of medical volunteers.

At least 12 patients are expected to receive life-changing surgeries for their cleft issues. The patients who will be operated on are aged between four and a half months and 10 years.

A team of 36 volunteer doctors, including surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and pediatricians, will volunteer their time during the mission. Operation Smile UAE medical volunteers will work alongside Healthpoint volunteers.

In addition, four student volunteers from the Student Programs Initiative will participate in this mission and help with paperwork and family care.

Operation Smile UAE was established in January 2011 under the patronage of Sheikha Alyazia bint Saif Al Nahyan, wife of Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

The foundation is a branch of Operation Smile, an international charity established in 1982, which provides free and safe surgery for children and young adults born with cleft lip and cleft palate.

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