Humanitarian group provides oral-facial cleft surgeries in Mongolia


Taipei, Sept. 11 (CNA) A philanthropic medical team has returned from a cleft lip and palate repair trip to Mongolia, a humanitarian foundation said Sunday.

Lo Lun-jou, deputy head of the Department of Surgery in Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Linkou, led the medical delegation comprised of surgeons, anesthetists, dentists and speech therapists to Mongolia in late August.

The team treated 26 patients with oral-facial cleft conditions, the Taipei-based Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation (NCF) said.

The 84-year-old Samuel Noordhoff, who established the charitable foundation in 1989, also went on the trip with his wife and Alex Kan, a doctor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center who received training at Chang Gung 13 years ago.

Lo said this was the foundation's second visit to Mongolia. It visited Ulan Bator in 2010 and helped 22 people with craniofacial deformities.

He said some children smiled with more confidence after receiving construction surgeries during these two trips.

A 14-year-old child received surgery for cleft nose last year. The foundation cited the boy's parents, who said the boy has become much more confident and fully positive about the medical procedure.

The boy no longer has to hide behind a mask, he added.

Besides financial support, Rotary International, including its regional clubs from Taipei, Mongolia, Hong Kong and Japan, also donated several sets of medical equipment.

Rotary International sponsored a surgeon and a speech therapist for three months of training ahead of the trip. (By Chen Ching-fang and Jamie Wang)

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