Hour long surgery can change the lives of cleft lip and palate patients


“Many cleft lip and palate patients never have the chance to undergo a surgery due to poverty. In reality, only an hour long surgery is needed to change their lives,” said TV show host Janet Hsieh. Yesterday, Janet attended Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation’s International Gardner of Smiles event as the fundraising event spokesperson. Having had the chance to visit Cambodia and personally interacting with local cleft lip and palate children, Janet called out to the public to make a donation to give cleft lip and palate children in underdeveloped countries a chance at receiving surgery and also a chance to grow up like a regular kid.

On the other hand, President of the Taipei Pharmacists' Association Jui-meng Lien has called upon 1,500 community pharmacies in Taiwan to participate in turning their pharmacies into community stations for donations.

Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation Enlisting International Gardeners of Smiles

NCF’s Executive Director Rebecca Wang pointed out that when Dr. Samuel Noordhoff first came to Taiwan from the U.S. 50 years ago, he was dedicated to helping cleft lip and palate patients in Taiwan to mend their imperfections, and also to send Taiwanese doctors abroad to pursue further education. Many of the doctors who went abroad to learn more medical techniques currently hold titles such as department chiefs or above at major hospitals. Up to date, over 90% of cleft lip and palate children in Taiwan has received the foundation’s assistance.

However, an average of 600 to 800 cleft lip and palate children are born each year in other developing or underdeveloped countries in Asia; yet many patients will never have a chance to receive surgery due to poverty.

This is why the NCF began to follow Dr. Noordhoff’s spirit 12 years ago and replicated Taiwan’s model in other countries. However, until the seed practitioners are able to independently take care of local patients, the NCF will continue to assist local medical facilities with the International Gardner of Smiles’ Funds. Janet indicated that only NT$10 a day is required to become a NCF International Gardener of Smiles. She hopes everyone can come together and participate in this event. Please visit http://ncf2010.pixnet.net/blog or call 02-27190408 for more event information.


Published: August 10th, 2010
By Hung, Su-Ching, The Liberty Times

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