1,000 children with cleft palates go under the knife
More than 1,000 children and young adults with cleft lips and palates have benefited from the recent “Gift of Smiles” mega missions jointly conducted by the Bb. Pilipinas Charities Inc. and Operation Smile in various parts of the country.
Held simultaneously in outreach events in Bacolod, Cavite, Cebu, Davao, Pampanga, and Samar, more than 300 medical and non-medical volunteers from Italy, India, Kenya and the Philippines took part in the surgical mission to address the backlog of cleft cases in the country, now reaching 138,000.
The Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Queens — Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014 Yvette Santiago and Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah — spent quality time with the kid beneficiaries in the Cavite and Pampanga legs of the project.
“One of the blessings that come with being a beauty queen is being able to touch and inspire other people’s lives. I‘m happy that we were invited to support ‘Operation Smile’ to give hope to the kids,” says Lastimosa.
Shah, who just completed her nursing course, assisted in the surgical procedures for some of the Operation Smile kids.
“It was so touching to see volunteers from all over the world working together to help the kids for ‘Operation Smile.’ It was an honor to work with them for such a noble project, and I look forward to using my medical experience to more projects in the future,” says Shah.
Study shows that for every three minutes, a child is born with a cleft.