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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2007 8:22 am 
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davao/gensan paclanders...................november 5, 2007 ang initial screening of patients sa davao medical center (dmc) if you know anybody na may clef palate/harelip pumunta lng sila at pag nakapasa sila sa screening the surgery is free.......sige minsan lng ito.

Hundreds line up for Operation Smile’s free surgery

By Joselle Badilla
Mindanao Bureau
Last updated 05:43pm (Mla time) 02/26/2007

DAVAO CITY, Philippines -- Operation Smile Philippines has started its 10-day, multi-site reconstructive surgery in four major cities in the country in line with its 25th year anniversary in November.

"This international mission signals the start of our year-long anniversary celebration," Roberto Manzano, Operation Smile Philippines board of trustee, told reporters here.

Manzano said close to 50 volunteers, 15 of them from other countries, were taking part in the mission in this city alone.

At the Davao Medical Center (DMC), where cleft palates surgery would be conducted, at least 498 patients were lining up to be served.

"Thorough evaluation of the patients is needed before they will be operated on," Dr. Michelle Aportadera, one of the volunteer reconstructive surgeons said.

Aportadera said patients were coming in from as far as Malungon in Sarangani Province, Compostela Valley and Magsaysay in Davao del Sur.

"In Davao City alone, the mission has treated 2,694 children for the past 11 years. We are hoping to treat more than 600 children in the next five days including those in the cities of Naga, Cebu and Bacolod," he said.

Manzano said Operation Smile, the world's largest private organization, had served more than 18,000 Filipinos since 1982.

"Operation Smile Philippines hopes to do 22 missions and we hope to treat 2,000 to 2,500 children with deformities for this year," he said.

Manzano said their group "is not all about surgery (alone)."

He said they also provided complete health care services for children and adults with physical deformities.


Operation Smile: 25 years of changing lives

By Carla Gomez
Last updated 03:18am (Mla time) 04/01/2007

BACOLOD CITY—Ryan Belga was seven years old when he had an operation to correct his cleft lip and palate deformities in 1988. The surgery that changed his life was made possible by a medical mission from Operation Smile.

Today, Belga, now 26, looks quite handsome except for a slight crack on his lip. He was in Silay recently to meet with Operation Smile volunteer-doctors for a final operation to correct the small crack on his lip.

If not for reconstructive surgery, Belga was doomed to constant taunting by other children, said Edith Yotoko-Villanueva, president of Operation Smile Philippines.

It was their first mission at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City, Villanueva recalled.

“After the operation, he bloomed. He became a positive and optimistic person which allowed him to become a productive part of society,” she said.

Belga now works as a computer technician for the nongovernmental organization, Eskwelahan sang Katawhan Negros Inc., which works on improving education in the public schools.

Through the years, Operation Smile has benefited young patients with facial deformities by offering free reconstructive surgery.

This year, Operation Smile is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Operation Smile was founded by Dr. William P. Magee, a plastic surgeon, and his wife, Kathleen, a nurse and clinical social worker. In 1982, the Magees traveled to the Philippines with a group of medical volunteers to repair children’s cleft lips and cleft palates. They discovered hundreds of children ravaged by deformities, and although they helped many children, the volunteers were forced to turn away the majority of those who had sought help. The Magees saw the need and an opportunity to help, thus, Operation Smile was born.

Multinational volunteers

Since 1982, more than 100,000 children and young adults have been treated by thousands of volunteers worldwide and thousands of healthcare professionals have been trained globally. It currently supports international and local in-country medical missions to 25 countries, including the Philippines.

Recently, more than 700 indigent patients with cleft lip and cleft palates from Davao, Cebu and different parts of Negros Occidental and Western Visayas availed themselves of free reconstructive surgery by the multinational corps of volunteer-doctors of Operation Smile.

Villanueva said that doctors, nurses, orthodontists and other health worker-volunteers screened 1,374 indigent-patients and performed surgery on 707 children.

An operation, according to Villanueva, costs between P70,000 and P100,000.

“It is very encouraging to see the enthusiasm and support given by the local government leaders to the OpSmile program. It is very inspiring. And this is the reason why we keep coming back to help poor Filipino children,” said Dr. Laurence Loh, a cranio-facial surgeon, who served as chief doctor of this year’s Operation Smile International mission.

The Negros Occidental mission, organized by the HOPE Volunteers Foundation Inc., was held at the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City, while the Cebu mission was held at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Hospital and hosted by the Mariquita S. Yeung Foundation.

The Davao leg, hosted by the UCCP Social Concerns Foundation, was conducted at the Davao Medical Center.

Operation Smile’s team of volunteer-doctors will be back in November this year.

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If not for reconstructive surgery, Belga was bedevilled to connected cheeky by added children, said Edith Yotoko-Villanueva, admiral of Operation Smile Philippines.

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