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2000th Free Cleft Lip/Palate Surgery Performed During Successful Chinese Mission
Date:12/30/2009

Alliance for Smiles recently completed its mission to Wenzhou, China where 134 poor Chinese children with cleft lip/palate were surgically treated for free. During this mission the organization, now completing its fifth year of work and 18 medical missions, performed its 2000th operation to correct cleft lip/palate.

New York, NY (PRWEB) December 30, 2009 -- Alliance for Smiles recently completed its mission to Wenzhou, China where 134 poor Chinese children with cleft lip/palate were surgically treated for free. During this mission the organization, now completing its fifth year of work, performed its 2000th operation to correct cleft lip/palate.

“The personal sense of purpose in being a part of this milestone is indescribable,” said Dr. Marc Beshar, a New York General and Cosmetic Dentist and Dental Director for his first overseas mission. “This was a perfect way for me to extend my gratitude to the Chinese people for the gift of my two adopted daughters, who were born in China.”

Cleft lips and palates are anomalies that cause severe facial disfigurement and occur worldwide once in every 850 births. China has been singled out by the organization because one in every 350 babies born in the country is diagnosed with the problem.

“On the mission, one of our patients was a 3-month-old whose name translated as ‘Ordinary Girl’,” related Dr. Beshar. “She was brought in by a poor couple from the countryside who had just found her while picking through the city garbage in order to survive. We treated her and left the parents in tears of gratitude. The sense of awe and gratitude we all experienced is beyond measure.”

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