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60 cleft palate, lip patients benefit from free surgical operation

PAGADIAN CITY, JULY 18 (PIA)- At least 60 children in the province have benefited from free surgical operation for patients with cleft lip and palate initiated by the Provincial Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) in partnership with Smile Train thru the Advance Craniofacial Project Philippines Inc.

Mirriam Llanos, PDAO provincial head, said the event which was held at Hofelina Hospital, Pagadian City was part of the celebration of Craniofacial Awareness Week held recently.

Jocelyn and Marlon Abona of Barangay Labangon in Dumingag town are part of the number of patients who underwent free surgical surgery.

After the surgery was completed, the patients along with their parents were very happy because the deformities on their face were completely changed.

Llanos recounted that Jocelyn and Marlon were overjoyed and they could hardly believe the shape of their faces had changed.

"Jocelyn and Marlon have been suffering from their condition for a very long time. Their self-esteem is very low and they hardly look at the people they meet and they always just bow their heads out of embarrassment. But now that their faces have changed they no longer feel ashamed, instead they are ready to face people with great confidence, ”Llanos said, quoting the siblings’ statement.

Parents and children are very grateful to the craniofacial team from Smile Train for offering their expertise and services, as well as to the provincial government through PDAO that they give high priority to the cleft lip and palate patients by offering free surgical operation.

The parents are hoping that the provincial government will continue the laudable program to help so many poor cleft palate and lip children who are living in the most remote barangay in the province.

“The provincial government continues to take the initiative because Governor Victor Yu has great desire for Zamboanga del Sur to become a ‘cleft friendly’ province,” Llanos concluded. (NBE/GCC/PIA Zamboanga del Sur)


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