Cleft Palate Surgery

One of the most fulfilling types of surgery for me as a plastic surgeon is the cleft palate surgery. In the Philippines, there are a lot of babies born with congenital deformities such as cleft palates. The benefits of a short two hour operation last a lifetime and makes a big difference in the way these babies will live their lives. Unfortunately, many of the families these babies are born to don’t have adequate finances to cover expenses, even when plastic surgeons volunteer to do the operation for free. Fortunately, organizations such as the Rotary Club of Valenzuela (Rotary International District 3800) have projects to help finance these babies’ operations. Their “Bagong Pangarap Project” which started this 2005 had Baby Angel Pinoy as their first cleft palate patient. Indeed, a plastic surgeon’s work of healing and helping gives these babies new hope for the future.

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