Eight patients receive free corrective cleft lip and palate surgery in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi: Eight patients with cleft lip and palate had surgery here last week to correct their cleft tissues.
The surgeries performed by medical volunteers were facilitated by a charity, Operation Smile UAE, and Burjeel Medical City, and involved patients between the ages of three and 25, the hospital said in a statement. The patients were all residents of the United Arab Emirates and came from eight different countries, including Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Morocco, India, Egypt and the Philippines.
It is estimated that every three minutes a child is born with a cleft lip or palate. Those who survive may be unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. In many cases, their parents cannot even afford the operations they need.
“We were truly privileged today to have Operation Smile at our hospital in Burjeel Medical City. It was an opportunity to provide support to patients and their families who would otherwise struggle to access surgery. This is the first time this medical program has taken place in our hospital, and we are extremely proud of the work that will be done by our staff and the medical expertise of Operation Smile,” said Dr. Sadir Alrawi , General Manager of Burjeel Medical City.officer.
Operation Smile is an international medical charity that provides free surgery for children and young adults born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial abnormalities. The physicians and physicians performing the surgeries were selected from Operation Smile’s network of local medical professionals. The charity has a global network of accredited medical volunteers from over 80 countries, with a strong presence in the United Arab Emirates. It has a strong reputation for working with local health professionals, governments, hospitals and other NGOs, to provide medical care to communities.
“Every child deserves a smile”
“Operation Smile UAE is delighted to have partnered with Burjeel Medical City for the first medical program of 2022. It is always heartwarming to add new facilities and supporters ready to provide assistance to our patients who need our help. We believe every child deserves a smile,” said Morag Cromey-Hawke, Executive Director of Operation Smile UAE.
The patients arrived at the hospital for an anesthesia check-up, lab work and a PCR test. They underwent surgeries for cleft palate and cleft alveolar. Subsequently, surgical interventions were offered to patients with cleft lip.