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U.S.-based Children’s Medical Charity Mobilizes Global Partners Aiding Operation Smile’s Philippine Foundation Post-Typhoon
Date:11/15/2013

Virginia Beach, VA (PRWEB) November 15, 2013

Operation Smile was born in the Philippines with its very first medical mission in Naga City, Camarines Sur in 1982.

“We arrived in the Philippines for a one-time surgical mission to treat children born with facial deformities - and although we helped many children, we were forced to turn away the majority of those who sought care,” said Operation Smile Co-Founders Dr. Bill and Kathy Magee. “We said to ourselves, ‘Why don’t we get some friends and go back and take care of those kids?’” – And so Operation Smile was born in their hearts and built in Norfolk, Virginia where three decades later it has grown to be the largest volunteer-based surgical cleft organization in the world with a presence in more than 60 counties.

Now in-country volunteer medical teams from Operation Smile Philippines are offering up their medical expertise and partnering with the Philippine Department of Health to field triage the hundreds of thousands of survivors left wounded by Typhoon Haiyan and without shelter.

“Survivors don't yet have luxury of grieving privately because they're focused solely on just surviving day to day without power, light, transport or communication,” said Bobby Manzano, Executive Director of Operation Smile Philippines. “The deceased lay unburied while survivors scavenge for food and drinking water. At night, they huddle in makeshift shelters with no roofs over their heads.”

When the Magee’s began receiving these devastating first-hand accounts of the typhoons destruction from their Operation Smile Filipino “family” they immediately mobilized to raise money worldwide. In just 48 hours, Operation Smile raised more than $105,000 for relief aid in the Philippines and those efforts are ongoing. The money is already being used to purchase food, water and medical supplies.

Meanwhile, just 600 miles north of the some of the hardest hit areas,
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