Operation Smile goes to Cavite, Davao

Emily Backes, a Child Life Specialist, with patient Sinai Gayta

Emily Backes, a Child Life Specialist, with patient Sinai Gayta

It was “Lots of Love” given to 175 individuals whose lives were transformed by Operation Smile Philippines’ surgical week in Cavite and Davao.

With the help of Watsons Philippines, free operations were given to children and young adults to correct cleft lips and cleft palates in 45-minute procedures.

Operation Smile and Watsons have been partners in this endeavor since 2013 with a shared advocacy of transforming lives.

“We joined Operation Smile for this special project because it is aligned with our promise of helping people to look good and feel great,” said the wellness chain’s general manager Robert Sun.

“It is a very worthwhile project, especially as our company celebrates its 175th anniversary, because it gives Filipino children a chance to be able to live their lives normally and give a good smile everyday,” he added.

Based in the US, Operation Smile is a non-profit organization working in more than 60 countries. It has provided comprehensive healthcare evaluations for more than two million patients, and performed over 200,000 surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities worldwide for the past 31 years.

“The impact of this surgery on a child with cleft lip or palate is really tremendous,” Operation Smile Philippines head Bobby Manzano shared. “It’s more than skin deep, because unless we correct that deformity, a child with a cleft lip definitely has no future as he suffers a lot of psychological, social, and health issues.”


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