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Thank You Myanmar Kindness Organization – Sagaing, Myanmar
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Thank You Myanmar Kindness Organization – Sagaing, Myanmar

Myanmar Kindness Organization arranged the journeys for two six-year-old boys to come to Sagaing to repair their cleft palates. The families each live in remote villages in Myanmar and would not have known about cleft medical missions or how to be considered for corrective surgery if not for MKO. Additionally, they would not have been...

Another Day on the Surgery Ward – Chuzhou, China
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Another Day on the Surgery Ward – Chuzhou, China

Excitement on the ward today included meeting twin ten-year old sisters, only one of whom has a cleft. Pictured above with the family, left to right are Mission Director Mary Liu, OR Nurse Yipi Yang, and Lead Nurse Kathy Cox. And, to the right is another set of twins, in this case one-month old boys,...

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...