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On the Surgery Ward – Chuzhou, China
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On the Surgery Ward – Chuzhou, China

Above are “before and after surgery” pictures of a ten-year-old girl who had a lip revision procedure performed by our surgical team. The previous surgery left a pronounced and asymmetrical scar, which will now heal with a much more natural appearance. Meet Luo Chuan Bo, left, a five year old boy who received a lip...

Our Nurses – Chuzhou, China
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Our Nurses – Chuzhou, China

Xiao Xiao arrived in the OR waiting area for her surgery in tears. She just had dental work completed and was in a bit of pain. Now, she needed to continue being brave to walk up to the operating room for her cleft lip repair. While Dr. Gad went back to make sure the room...

AwYa Tha’s Special Family – Sagaing, Myanmar
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AwYa Tha’s Special Family – Sagaing, Myanmar

Our team fell in love with seven-year-old AwYa Tha and his fascinating family. Tha AwYa was the first surgical patient in our mission. Prior to his scheduled surgery whenever we saw Tha in the ward, his dad was playing with him or holding him. While talking to the parents, with the help of translators, we...

Team Arrives in Chuzhou, China
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Team Arrives in Chuzhou, China

The Alliance for Smiles team from the United States, Australia, Egypt and Nanjing arrive in Chuzhou today for the March 2019 Chuzhou Mission. Our team consists of 5 doctors, 5 nurses, a mission director, photographer, recordkeeper, ward coordinator, a doctor of dentistry, a dental hygienist, and a dental assistant. Shortly after our arrival, we went...

Myitkyina, Myanmar – Another Day, Another Smile
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Myitkyina, Myanmar – Another Day, Another Smile

After 5 full days of surgery the team took a well deserved day off and headed north. The area we visited included exploring the confluence, where the N’mai and Mali rivers meet to form the Irrawaddy. We also visited the Maina Camp for internally displaced people outside of Myitkyina. Marla, founder of Myanmar Kindness Group...